Kind und Jugend

Kind und Jugend

Time for giving: What will find its way beneath the tree this year?

BlaBlaBlocks – © Vtech

Good news for toy manufacturers and traders: parents are extremely generous when it comes to Christmas gifts for their children. The budgets for this year in any case promise to set new records. However, which gifts ultimately find their way beneath the tree? We have discerned four trends.

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Mobility trends: Are self-driving baby strollers coming our way?

Emmaljunga eStroller NXT90e – © Koelnmesse

Whether digital guardian angels, electronic toys or Connected Smart Toys – smart nursery tools have already arrived in children’s rooms. This trend is now spreading to another important area for parents: Smart strollers provide even more comfortable mobility and increased safety. Check out our blog to find out how Michael Neumann, Managing Director Northern Europe Dorel Juvenile, sees this trend and where it may be headed in the future.

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Kind + Jugend 2018: 10 percent more visitors, 100 percent atmosphere

Hall perspective – © Koelnmesse

More than 24,700 visitors from 123 countries – the results for Kind + Jugend 2018 are impressive! The high degree of internationality, the many new products and the top event programme of the trade fair assured a super atmosphere for exhibitors and visitors.

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Kind + Jugend 2018: Triumphant smiles at the opening ceremony

The winners of the Innovation Award 2018 – © Koelnmesse

On the very first day of the trade fair, Kind + Jugend traditionally features two highlights: The Innovation Award and Kids Design Award honours particularly innovative products and creative design concepts, which set the theme for the following days. Many beaming faces could therefore be seen among the exhibitors as well as visitors.

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Kind + Jugend 2018: sustained baby boom and successful trade fair prospects

Kind + Jugend 2017 – © Koelnmesse

Trends and innovations from around the world and an attractive event programme  – Kind + Jugend 2018 can already promise this. The leading international trade fair for baby and children’s outfitting has once again recorded an exhibitor plus and again expects more than 22,000 visitors. Find out what you can expect at this year’s trade fair here.

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Nominees of the Kids Design Award 2018 have been confirmed

Upe by Gintare Cerniauskaite – © Creatus Design Studio

Kind + Jugend is an event for creative ideas and innovations. This is why the Kids Design Award, which distinguishes the best concepts and drafts of young designers from all over the globe, is being presented again this year during the trade fair. You can find out here who the nominees of this year’s Kids Design Award are.

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Kind + Jugend is asking … an interview with Yujing Du, winner of the Kids Design Award 2017

Yujing Du, winner of the Kids Design Award 2017 – © Yujing Du

The Kids Design Award 2017 set a new record with 113 applications from 18 different countries. The young Chinese woman Yujing Du was chosen the shining winner with her product “Behind the Mountains” which she developed as part of a product design seminar at Münster School of Design (FH Münster). In an interview with Kind + Jugend, she tells what has happened since then.

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Science fiction in the cradle: Will robots become our children’s new playmates?

Alilo Honey Bunny – © Alilo

Thanks to voice control and digitally networked technologies, the internet of things has long since arrived in children’s rooms. Digital nannies and Smart Nursery Tools are showing up around the cradle and crib. And more and more, babies are no longer cuddling with silent bunnies and dolls but robots disguised as stuffed animals. Find out more about the trends in smart toys.

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Practical and stylish changing tables – Guest post by Kids Interiors

Schardt wardrobe with a changing table Holly - © Schardt

Schardt wardrobe with a changing table “Holly” – © Schardt

Even though their list of questions could easily fill up a book, parents-to-be usually find themselves in a dilemma – do we need a changing table? The answer is no. You don’t need it. But you most certainly want it! (more…)

Retro cabinets for high-tech toys

Alvi children’s bed “Jens” – © Alvi

Digitalisation has long since conquered the world of children: electronic toys and digital guardian angels are transforming children’s rooms into smart rooms. However, nostalgia prevails around this: with furniture in vintage look, pink wallpaper for girls and blue bed linen for boys. (more…)

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