It's not surprising that these little boys and girls look so strong. Each has the strength of many babies -- literally, because the images are composites, ABC News reports.
Photographer Eric Sahrmann produced the images with photo retouching studio Alter for the City of Milwaukee Health Department's "I Want A Strong Baby" initiative (you can see animated versions of the babies on the campaign's site, here). The project won a silver Clio Healthcare award in 2011.
According to its website, "I Want A Strong Baby" is dedicated to promoting breastfeeding, immunization, early prenatal care, healthy eating during pregnancy, no smoking and full-term delivery.
"Having a single baby do any of the suggested poses was impossible. ... We cast dozens of babies, brought in a baby wrangler and had Eric Sahrmann photograph them in a variety of positions," Alter's website explains.
Strength in numbers, right?
Hat tip: Good Morning America/ABC News
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Compared with Wolf, say, or Robin, <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Bear" target="_blank">Bear</a> may seem an unlikely animal name to find popularity for babies, but views of Bear are up nearly 100 percent on Nameberry this year versus last. Influences include the Discover Channel’s Bear Grylls, football coach Bear Bryant, and celebrity babies Bear Blu, son of Alicia Silverstone, and Buddy Bear, son of Jamie Oliver. <em>Pictured: In this May 25, 2010 publicity image released by Discovery Channel, adventurer Bear Grylls is shown at Mount Borradaile in Australia's north-western Arnhemland during filming of the series, "Man vs. Wild."</em>
The hottest boys’ name on our site, views of <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Declan" target="_blank">Declan</a> are up nearly 600 percent over last year. A saint’s name that may mean “man of prayer,” Declan is popular in Ireland and Number 143 in the US, amazing for a name that debuted on the Top 1000 only in 1998. It gained visibility as the real first name of Elvis Costello and more recently as the name of one of the lead characters on television’s "Revenge." <em>Pictured: Connor Paolo, who plays Declan Porter on "Revenge."</em>
Is <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Ellison" target="_blank">Ellison</a> the new Allison? Views of the surname-name, a patronymic that means son of Ellis, are up over 100 percent on Nameberry the first half of this year versus last. Interest in the name is highest for girls, with Ellie the stylish, accessible short form, while for boys Ellison might honor Oracle founder Larry Ellison, a notable collector of Asian art. <em>Pictured: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.</em>
Another name for the wizard Merlin, <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Emrys" target="_blank">Emrys</a> -- pronounced em-riss -- is a Welsh boys’ name attracting nearly 120 percent more interest this year over last. But while traditionally male, some American parents may judge the sound of the name appropriate for girls, a fresh entry to the popular Emma and Emily family. <em>Pictured: Illustration of the Battle of the red and white dragons with the King and Merlin looking on</em>
Why is interest in the name <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Francine" target="_blank">Francine</a> up nearly 650 percent this year over last? Is it the relationship to Francis, the singular name chosen by the new pope? Or is the world just ready for the return of this Frenchified name, off the grid since 1987? Or maybe everyone just loves Francine, gal pal of cartoon star Arthur, another up-and-coming former old person name. <em>Pictured: Pope Francis waves to faithful upon his arrival to the Church of Jesus to celebrate a mass, in Rome, Wednesday, July 31, 2013.</em>
With the name Finn a bona fide hit, can Huckleberry be far behind? Well, yes -- in its full form, Huckleberry is slightly ridiculous, but <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Huck" target="_blank">Huck</a> is cute, irreverent, a modern day Hank or Chuck. Views of Huck are up 124 percent. <em>Pictured: Statue of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.</em>
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Irie" target="_blank">Irie</a> is the Jamaican term for perfect peace and contentment, a sentiment that was turned into a female name in Zadie Smith’s novel White Teeth. Irie, which bears a resemblance to both Iris and Irene, is up nearly 400 percent in the first half of 2013. <em>Pictured: Zadie Smith.</em>
This Irish surname name, which means rough or fierce, ranked in the Top 1000 for boys from 1880 until 1909, then fell off the official scope more than a century ago. But now interest in the name Larkin, which has a surname feel and relates to birds, is up 117 percent. In 2012 it was given to 55 girls and 20 boys, proving its unisex appeal. <em>Pictured: Statue of poet Philip Larkin, railway station concourse, Hull, Yorkshire, England.</em>
Barack Obama may have won reelection in 2012, but <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/lincoln" target="_blank">Lincoln</a> was arguably the president of the year, the subject of an Oscar-winning film and renewed appreciation. Baby namers have leapt on the Lincoln bandwagon, with views up over 100 percent for the first half of 2013, some undoubtedly inspired by actress Kristen Bell’s choice of Lincoln for her baby daughter.
If there’s a single baby name on this list that we’d bet would continue to warm toward wider popularity as opposed to blazing brightly only to flame out, it’s <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Margo" target="_blank">Margo</a> in all her variations. We personally have met a handful of stylish babies named Margo and see it as a quirky classic that feels new without being flashy. After peaking in the 1940s, Margo and sisters dropped from sight in 1989. Views of all forms of the name are up over 100 percent for 2013 over 2012, partially inspired by the feisty character in "Despicable Me." <em>Pictured: Actresses with the characters they voiced from the animated film "Despicable Me," from left, Dana Gaier with the character Edith, Elsie Fisher with Agnes and Miranda Cosgrove, who voiced Margo.</em>
Italian city name <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Milan" target="_blank">Milan</a>, well used as a first name throughout Europe for boys though given more often to girls in the US, is up nearly 150 percent for the first half of this year. That’s partly thanks to its choice for her son by singer Shakira and partly because of its relationship to other stylish Mil names: Mila, Milena, Milo, and Miles, for instance. <em>Pictured: Milan's Duomo.</em>
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Nara" target="_blank">Nara</a> is a Japanese place name as well as the surname of well-known artist Yoshitomo Nara. Nara is also a Celtic name that means happy and is attracting 168 percent more views for the first half of the year thanks to its same-but-different feel: It’s like popular names Sara and Mara, but still feels new. <em>Pictured: A possible buyer walks past a sculpture titiled 'One Way Dog' by Yoshitomo Nara during a preview 15 May 2007 for the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie's New York.</em>
This fresh entry to the boys’ Top 1000 after an absence of nearly a hundred years can also work for girls. A surname-name that means oak wood or clearing, <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Oakley" target="_blank">Oakley</a> can be shortened to the sturdy boyish nickname Oak but also carries the feminine –ley suffix and relates to heroine Annie Oakley. This new nature name winner attracted 150 percent more views in 2013. <em>Pictured: This handout photo, provided by Heritage Auctions, shows Annie Oakley in one of her cabinet photos.</em>
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Rebel" target="_blank">Rebel</a> as a baby name has taken off in the past few years with the notoriety of Australian funnywoman Rebel Wilson and the general taste for bad boy (and girl) baby names like Maverick and Wilder. Views of Rebel on Nameberry are 335 percent higher this year over last. <em>Pictured: Writer/actress Rebel Wilson.</em>
The <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Sacha" target="_blank">Sacha</a> spelling of this diminutive of Alexander is directly connected to Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, whose name has attracted 400 percent more views in the first half of this year over last. The Sacha spelling definitely makes the name more masculine, with an equal number of girl and boy babies – 16 each – named Sacha in the US in 2012. By contrast the Sasha spelling used by the First Daughter was given to 687 girls versus only 26 boys. <em>Pictured: Sacha Baron Cohen.</em>
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