Meet Riley Shines: The 2017 Winner of the Gerber Baby Photo Search

Riley Shines
Riley Shines Courtesy of Kristen and Devin Shine

Meet Riley Shines, the 2017 winner of the Gerber Baby Photo Search. “People will stop us and say, ‘He needs to model,'" the 7-month-old baby’s mom, Kristen, tells Us Weekly. “I’ve always joked around that my goal is to get his face on a diaper box, but this is way bigger and better!” 

A panel of judges selected the Lewis Center, Ohio–based infant from a pool of more than 110,000 applicants. As the Gerber “spokesbaby,” Riley (and his parents, Kristen and Devin) will receive $50,000 and $1,500 in Gerber Childrenswear. Plus, his year will be documented on Gerber’s social media. “We’re putting the money in a college fund,” says Kristen.

Riley Shines
Riley Shines

So far, fame hasn’t gone to Riley’s head. “He’s a laid-back guy,” dad Devin tells Us of the little one. “He only gets fussy when he needs to nap or if he has a wet diaper. Even when he’s hungry he’ll just kind of hint at you like, ‘Hey, I could use some more food.’” Adds Kristen: “If all babies were this easy, the world would be way more populated!”

Riley Shines
Riley Shines

Indeed, the good-natured tot, whose milestones include army crawling and rolling over, is even sleeping through the night. Gushes Devin: “We got really lucky. He’s a scheduled guy.”

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