"The baby is a winner!" Hefner, 83, tells PEOPLE after meeting the 3-month-old for the first time last week. "He's a gorgeous baby. Kendra should be very proud."
Seeing a former girlfriend now married to Indianapolis Colts player Hank Baskett and with a new baby didn't bring up any hard feelings for the Playboy founder. In fact, Hefner wishes the whole family nothing but the best. "It's wonderful and I'm happy for her. I love Kendra and Hank and I love them together," he says. "Kendra has always been very dear and her heart has always been very pure."
Hefner says he "absolutely" saw Wilkinson's motherly instincts on display during her recent visit to the Playboy Mansion with baby Hank. "Her entire focus now is with Hank and little Hank," he said. "She's a wonderful mother and little Hank is in good hands."
He adds, "She was the wild child when I first met her and she wound up being the first of the bunch to get married here at the Playboy Mansion. Now she has a baby. It's the stuff that dreams are made of."
And the publisher knows a thing or two about dreams coming true. A new documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, takes an intimate look at the man who fought for civil rights, privacy and liberal drug laws as he built his world-famous brand. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Brigitte Berman, the movie is currently screening at the Miami International Film Festival.
In the meantime, there's no slowing down for Hefner. He still works full days on his magazine and jets off to Europe and Las Vegas to visit his nightclubs with his girlfriends. But when it comes to spending time with baby Hank, Hefner's only request is not to be called Grandpa. Says Hefner, "I'll settle for Uncle Hef!"