This year too, Kind + Jugend can once again point to outstanding exhibitor results. Around 1,250 providers will exhibit here in Cologne in 2018, 86 percent of them from abroad, from 53 countries. This means a slight increase in the number of exhibitors and internationality. As always, the focus of interest is on innovations and trends, and exhibitors use the trade fair to present their latest products and collections from the segments of children's furniture, safety seats, textile outfitting, prams, hygiene articles, as well as toys and fashion for babies and toddlers. Conspicuous here: mobility, multifunctionality and individuality are increasing in importance.
A short overview of the trends of Kind + Jugend 2018: the more extensive long text with detailed descriptions can be found in the press area of the Kind + Jugend-website: www.kindundjugend.de
The modular principle remains a central element. In this way prams grow with the child. They are also compatible with children's car seats thanks to many adjustable components. Important is that they be collapsible, ideally with one hand. Space for two children is also popular. Sun protection is also becoming increasingly important. The upholstery fabrics extend from melange to patterns and will also orient themselves to the fashion industry in the coming season. Subdued colours dominate, and frames in matte black. More important for many will be the individual design, which can also be planned, for example, with 3D configurations.
Children's car seats
Safety, functionality and seating comfort are the central keywords for children's car seats. EU standards are self-explanatory. Variable seats with rotation functions will be further developed. Great attention is paid to side impact protection. Apps help to maintain an overview of the child's safety. Cooling or breathing materials ensure even more well-being and avoid heat buildup. The colours are also subdued here, and extend from anthracite and grey to mixed visuals.
Safety and design remain the most important aspects. Here too, the equipment grows with the child, especially when it is equipped with many functions and is durable. The sibling then also profits from this. Popular is furniture with a plug system for easy setup and conversion. Light wood, pastel shades, grey and white, pink and blue can be found in the children's room. Wood remains a popular material, especially when sustainable.
Environmentally friendly products are especially in demand in the textiles segment. Unobjectionable, soft and light materials that are gentle to the skin of babies and toddlers are preferred. Good cloth or wool are used for the carriers. Recycled materials become fluffy towels. Cleaning cloths dissolve in water and are biodegradable. Sleeping bags and swaddling sacks grow with the child. The range of colours is large: from natural tones through pastel to brilliant colours.
The learning character isn't apparent at first glance. This is because the toys are colourful and cheerful, and well-suited to the hands of babies and toddlers. However, the colours, shapes and materials stimulate the child to "grasp". Magnets are popular and explain the first technical contexts. Sounds also help. Supported by electronics, many toys facilitate brain and visual functions. Motor abilities are fostered through push and pedal vehicles.
Care and hygiene
Freedom from toxic substances and the best processing are important for all care and hygiene products. Which is why easy cleaning is an absolute must. Digital products control room temperature and monitor bodily functions. Apps monitor and document development steps. The baby phone of today is controlled by an app that is connected with the mobile phone or the tablet. Wearables report on the baby's heartbeat, pulse and other parameters. Cleaning cloths dissolve in water and are biodegradable.
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The next events:
Kind + Jugend - The Trade Show for Kids' First Years, Cologne 20.09. - 23.09.2018
CIKB - The platform for the Kitchen Industry in China, Shanghai 10.10. - 12.10.2018
China Kids Expo - China International Baby Articles Fair, Shanghai 16.10. - 18.10.2018
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