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Bubbly little Erin is Citizen's Baby and Toddler of the Year 2013

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

  • Erin Berkova: winner of Citizen Baby and Toddler of the Year 2013

  • Erin Berkova: winner of Citizen Baby and Toddler of the Year 2013

  • 0-9 months: Lacey Hughes.

  • 19-36 months: Sunny Jhinger.

  • 3-5 years: Maya Blackwell.

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ADORABLE Erin Berkova wowed hundreds of readers and our panel of judges to be named this year's Citizen Baby and Toddler of the Year.

And there was joy for her parents as they were presented with a certificate and their £1,000 prize money.

Mum Erika Berkova, from Kingsholm, said: "I was not expecting to win, we just decided to enter it.

"We are so proud of her, she is very cute and a bubbly baby.

"I love her a lot. I usually stay at home with Erin so we spend a lot of time together because she doesn't go to nursery yet."

Erin, who is 16 months old and won the 10 to 18 months category, was born in Gloucester and has a brother called Sebastian, who is five and goes to Kingsholm CofE Primary School.

Erika said: "They play a lot together and he looks after his little sister. It is very cute."

Although they have no major plans for Christmas, they are looking forward to family time together at home.

Erika said: "We will put the prize money into Erin's savings account. It is her money and she can use that when she is older."

The other category winners were Lacey Hughes (0-9 months), Sunny Jhinger (19-36 months) and Maya Blackwell (3-5 years).

A photo studio was set up at Eastgate Shopping centre earlier this year for proud parents to show off their cute kids.

Readers voted for their favourites from all the entrants on Facebook and by collecting tokens before a panel of judges chose the winner from 40 finalists.

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