2016 has been a wonderful year, all the more so for the littles ones amongst us. From babies to toddlers to tweens and teens, New Jersey celebrity kids made us smile over and over. Here are our favorite of the year’s famous tots at their most adorable.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita became a “glamma” this year when her daughter, Ashlee Holmes, gave birth to her first child, son Cameron Hendrix Malleo, in August. Here’s Cameron celebrating his first Thanksgiving as an adorable turkey:
I'm thankful for so much this year. I'm grateful for the health of my loved ones. I'm grateful for my family and how this past year has brought us closer than ever. I'm grateful for having such amazing family and friends all over the country that I love fiercely. I'm grateful to have such an incredibly loving fiancé. @c3peteo (He is the best baby daddy there is.) I'm especially grateful for my little turkey #CameronHendrix ???????? Being a mom has been the most amazing/challenging/rewarding/life changing experience. I can't wait to do it forever. And I really can't thank my family and certain friends of mine enough for the incredible amount of love and support that's been given. That is what I am most thankful for this year. I hope all of you had a great holiday! xx | Thanks for the outfit @jsholmes75 ????????
It was a double dose of baby cuteness this summer when baby Rocco, son of Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne, took a turn on this watermelon pool float.
Zoe Saldana‘s twins Bowie and Cy proved that for wee ones, anything can be a toy…including Whole Foods shopping bags!
One of them (we’re not sure which) also proved that they love to shake it to music, in this case “Mickey” by Toni Basil, while the other twin simply watched.
Baby Chanel Nicole, 1, daughter of Ice-T and Coco Austin, was a bundle of cuteness throughout the year, so it’s tough to pick just one highlight. Here’s one of her with her beloved “big bro” bulldogs, Spartacus and Maximus, before the unexpected passing of Spartacus, and one of her looking appropriately “Instagram famous” with a matching shirt and bow!
Speaking of too-cute-for-words babies, Greyson Valor Mathews, son of reality TV star Jenni “JWoww” Farley and hubby Roger Mathews, arrived in this world on Cinco de Mayo and has been wowing us with his chubby cheeks ever since. Have you ever seen a cuter face? His “Slay All Day” t-shirt made us deem him the “king of baby fashion.”
It runs in the family, because here’s big sister Meilani, 2, working chopsticks to ear her sushi like a pro:
And Jenni’s former Jersey Shore castmate, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, also wowed us with her commitment to being a workout queen and including her kids, son Lorenzo and daughter Giovanna, on her exercise kick. She got Lorenzo to do pushups, an impressive feat for anyone, let alone a small child, and gave Giovanna an early start in cheerleading, which judging from her happy squeals, she’s already looking forward to.
And we can’t forget that prior to the birth of Brooklyn, the whole Casey crew went on an epic international trip and celebrated two family birthdays at a luxury resort in the Maldives in one of a series of matching outfits!
Today is my baby girls 3rd birthday… Happy Birthday London!!! We celebrated with a cake and a lil party in our villa with some of the great people we met while we were here… My wife @gia_casey planned every last detail… I love that woman… Oh and Jaxson's birthday is up in. 2 days… #themaldives #theprivatereserve #gililankanfushimaldives @gili.lankanfushi
Budding musician Alena Jonas, 2, daughter of Danielle and Kevin Jonas, did her best “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” rendition on her pint-sized pink piano.
Another kid who’s eager to participate in adult activities is Vivianne Decker, daughter of Jessie James Decker and Eric Decker, who’s so independent she insists on painting her own nails! When her mom asks if she wants some help, she’s vocal about getting her manicure on herself.
Halloween brings out the kid in all of us, and singer and The Voice judge Alicia Keys proved her costume game is strong when she dressed up sons Egypt and Genesis as Harry Potter and Batman.
We all know that kids are often the ones teaching their parents the latest in technology, and that was certainly the case when RHONJ star Teresa Giudice got a lesson in Snapchat from her oldest daughter, Gia Giudice, 15, as they used an adorable dog ear and nose filter.
Harley Quinn Smith, daughter of director Kevin Smith and star of his latest film, Yoga Hosers, loves two things: Disney and her pet bunny, Cinnamon. So of course she found a bunny shaped mirror at Disneyland!