Ash Barty offers rare glimpse of ‘precious’ baby Hayden as mum and bub team up for iconic campaign

Feb 07, 2024
While promoting her new endeavour, Barty shared her insights into the joys and challenges of motherhood. Source: Getty Images & Instagram/ @ashbarty.

Tennis legend Ash Barty has provided an exclusive peek into the world of her “precious” baby boy, Hayden, as the dynamic duo takes centre stage for this year’s BONDS Baby Search.

Established in 2005, the BONDS Baby Search is an annual celebration of Australian families and their little ones, offering them the chance to win a grand prize of $30,000 as well as daily cash rewards.

Barty took to Instagram, alongside Hayden, to share her excitement about the exciting collaboration. The Instagram post captured heartwarming moments between Barty and Hayden, unveiling the duo’s infectious happiness.

“We’re so excited to be a part of the 2024 BONDS Baby Search,” Barty said.

“The past six months has been filled with so many firsts – including baby Hayden’s first photo-shoot – so it feels like the stars lined up for us to be the faces of this year’s comp.”


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Fans wasted no time in flooding the comments with affectionate remarks, unanimously declaring baby Hayden’s cuteness.

“Stop searching! Hayden is the cutest!” one wrote.

“Such a beautiful baby and a clone of her mum. I love that you are so happy Ash.”

“He is sooooooo precious,” commented another.

“Hayden has got that iconic Barty smile.”

While promoting the BONDS Baby Search, Barty shared insights into motherhood during an interview on Sunrise, highlighting the joys and challenges.

“It’s cool to see him grow and develop and learn new skills,” the 27-year-old said.

“Sometimes you’re almost thinking this has happened and you realise it is a milestone. Sometimes they happen really quick and you miss them, guilty of that, absolutely.

“You try and get as much as you can in photos or in footage but I much prefer to be there in the present with him, watch him, enjoy it.”

Barty also shared her favourite moments as a parent, discussing the joy of witnessing Hayden’s growing awareness of his surroundings.

“When he wakes up from a sleep or a nap, the smile as soon as he wakes up — and starting to grab and want to be held, that’s incredible, that’s the best thing ever,” she said.

“I love it when he sleeps because sometimes I can get a few things done. But when he wakes up, that smile is magic.”

Acknowledging the challenges of motherhood, especially when Hayden doesn’t sleep, Barty stated, “(Motherhood is) challenging, very challenging, but it’s incredible. It’s everything that I’ve ever wanted to do.”

“I think the challenges that you have each and every day are different but the rewards and the fun so outweigh it,” she shared.

“It’s so much better than anything else I’ve ever done.”

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