In 2011, country artists did a pretty good job of populating the next generation of cowboys and cowgirls. Artists like Eric Church and Jewel became first time parents -- and over a dozen others, like Justin Moore, Ash Bowers and Blaine Larsen welcomed home their second (or more) child. There's nothing quite like seeing the joy on a new parent's face when he or she is holding a sleepy newborn during those first precious weeks of life.

Many artists opened up their homes for a few pictures of the new babies, swaddled in blankets or sleeping on Daddy's arm. Flip through each of these for heartwarming baby memories from the year that's passed.

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