By Kathleen Swift

The Show Me The Ozarks 20th Annual Cutest Baby Contest brought out 172 photos of the sweetest little faces around. The proceeds from the contest entry fees benefit the work of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, which is dedicated to helping sick and injured children. We hope the photos of the beautiful children gracing our pages bring you joy as you look at their irresistible smiles. Although we chose winners, all of our entrants are winners in our book. They are the cutest babies in the Four States!

1st Place – Jaxtyn

Seven-month-old Jaxtyn is the winner of our 20th Cutest Baby Contest. His radiant smile and big personality charmed the judges. With an older sister and four older brothers, Jaxtyn is already a people person who loves to have his picture taken. Mom and Dad, Felisha and Lee, say Jaxtyn loves his toys and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He is sitting up, but he’s not yet crawling; however, he loves to roll everywhere to get what he wants. One of his favorite things is falling asleep in the swings at the park.

2nd Place – Brixton

One-year-old Brixton Cady loves blueberries, and he
likes to play outside and in water and to go for walks. His parents, Jamison and Ashley, say his favorite thing to do is to get into the cabinets and play with the Tupperware®. This blue-eyed boy likes to climb everything and follow his older sister, Londyn. He tries to do whatever she does. He especially likes books, and he likes to have his sister read to him.

3rd Place – Bria

Bria just turned 9-months-old and is an active baby. The daughter of Anthony and Brittni, Bria loves to spend time in her bouncer playing with her activity toys. She also likes to watch Hey Bear sensory videos and Madagascar: Into the Wild. Bria loves her dog, eating sweet potatoes and bananas and napping. Mom says Bria is a great sleeper.

Facebook Fan Favorite – Emelia

Our Facebook Fan Favorite, 1-year-old Emelia, loves music, dancing and climbing everything. Her two dogs are her best friends. Like her dad, Adam, she loves to read, and her favorite book is Never Touch a Dragon. Her mom, Hannah, says Emelia is a big sweetie who loves her grandparents.

Our Judges: Jayde Thomas, Development & CMN Program Manager; Alisha Nunnally, Pro 100 Realtor at Howie’s Home Team; Amy Kauffman, Business Development at MOKAN Partnership; Patrick Tuttle, Convention/Visitors Bureau at City of Joplin; Mandy Edmonson, Show Me The Ozarks Magazine Associate Photographer; and Kathleen Swift, Show Me The Ozarks Magazine Associate Editor.


See Honorable Mention photos and all of the baby contest entries in the May 2022 print edition or online in the digital edition.