When we asked you to enter your babies into our 2010 model competition and tell us why your little one is so special, our inbox filled up fast! The prize is to appear as a baby model on the front cover of Practical Parenting and the packaging of a Dentinox product, and boy, did we have some super-cute piccies and heartwarming stories.
We then had the tricky task of whittling all the entries down to 10 regional finalists who joined us on a photo shoot. Here are their pictures, arranged in order of region, and don’t forget to check out Practical Parenting’s October issues, on sale 1 September, to see who won.
Darcie Grace Todd, 9 months, from Suffolk
Darcie’s mum, Abigail, says: “When I entered I submitted a poem about Darcie, which I wrote really quickly as the closing date for the competition was looming. I put that ‘She’s the most special baby you’ve seen in a while’, took a quick snap and here we are!”
Emily Honeyman, 6 months, from Middlesex
Emily’s mum, Julie, says: “Emily was born after four IVF attempts and, after a premature delivery, she spent four days in intensive care over Christmas. She’s our little star, beautiful with a button nose, dimple chin, blue eyes and gorgeous, cheeky grin.”
Chloe Tsang, 7 months, from Birmingham
Chloe’s mum, Jee Wan, says: “Chloe has the cheekiest smile in the world and whenever I feel low or have a bad day, I look at her and she cheers me up. We entered her picture as a bit of fun, and are so excited to have been selected. Win or lose, we’re very proud parents.”
Ethan Haigh, 8 months, from Pocklington
Ethan’s mum, Claire, says: “We sent Ethan’s photo in and came back from holiday to find a phone message to say he was in the final 10. Every mum thinks her baby is beautiful so to win would be fantastic and, of course, confirm what I already know!”