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The UK’s only baby trade show, Harrogate International Nursery Fair, has opened bookings for its 2018 show and international companies wanting to break into the lucrative UK market are invited to exhibit.

Taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 25th to 27th March 2018, the show offers manufacturers and suppliers the opportunity to meet key British baby product buyers from multiple department stores and supermarkets to independent retailers.

This must-attend trade show takes place in the beautiful North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, which is easily accessible via Leeds International Airport and direct trains from central London.

For more information and bookings visit

The wishing table

It's like a fairy tale. You enter an event and the table for the coming success is already perfectly set. The top sellers from around the world are all there ready for you. The most important trends have been analysed, packaged in exciting lectures and are at your disposal. World famous major brands are on site together with exciting young designers and are waiting for you with the newest ideas, concepts and products.

That only happens in fairy tales? No! At Kind + Jugend 2017, you will find precisely that!

So, let yourself be charmed by the highlights of the more than 1,200 exhibitors and look forward to a perfectly set table for your business of the coming months!

Innovation Award
The Innovation Award shows products that will come onto the market in the next season, and which have already convinced the jury of experts from international trade journals. Here success starts almost traditionally – both for the products and for your business transactions.

Consumer Award
Here is where consumers from around the world have a voice: the Consumer Award presents concepts and products that have already enjoyed great success in international markets, and which will surely also inspire your customers.

Kids Design Award
The best young designers gather at the Kids Design Award to present their ideas and prototypes, and a renowned jury ensures that you as a visitor really only see the best! Quite a few success stories have started here in past years – be sure to have a look!

The #DESIGNINFOCUS special section shows the highlights from the field of high end design – renowned manufacturers and exciting newcomers present state-of-the-art, high quality children's and youth furniture here.

Design Parc
Design ideas from around the world: in the Design Parc you can see children's furniture, living accessories and play products from different countries - a unique selection of possibilities for your business!

Trend Forum
In the Trend Forum, exhibitors and renowned experts speak to all themes of relevance for the market. The trend bible speaker Hannah Matthews is guaranteed to capture the special attention of the trade public this year.

For more information, click here.

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2-in-1 muslin blanket buddies

The muslin blanket that turns into a stuffed animal! Ubbi blanket buddies are meant to create imaginative playtime, bringing these soft, loveable creatures to life.

They can also be used as a blanket for naptime and bedtime.

The Ubbi blanket buddies are made of breathable, lightweight and soft 100% cotton muslin and plush. These cuddly friends are versatily and can be used as a blanket or stuffed animal.

Interested in the blanket buddies? Please email

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CBME China 2017 to open with over 3,900 local and international brands

The 17th Shanghai International Children Baby and Maternity Products Industry Expo (CBME China 2017) will open its doors to domestic and international buyers on 19-21 July 2017 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai, China.

Nielson’s latest survey shows that for the first quarter of 2017, consumer confidence is highest in the past two years. Consumers, now with higher per capita income, demand better products and services. At the same time, China’s baby products industry develops and evolves to address changing consumer needs and remain competitive and profitable. The industry is quickly coming up with new products and services to address the changing trends.

CBME China 2017 highlights these trends, new ideas and products with the launch of its specialized zones and activities. The event will feature 2,662 local and international exhibitors (12.51% YOY) showcasing 3,952 brands (7.6% YOY) in an expanded 239,732sqm (7.36% YOY) exhibition space.

CBME China 2017 is the one-stop trade fair for child, baby and maternity products and services. It will feature 3,952 brands from all over the globe covering maternity and baby care products; baby carriages, car seats and furniture; food, health care products and snacks; maternity clothing, underwear and accessories; child, baby and teenage clothing, footwear & accessories; toys, educational products and souvenirs, services and more.

New zones have been created with broadened product coverage in 2017 to address shifting consumer needs: Fine Food Zone, Fabulous Mom Zone, Play & Learn Zone and Outdoor Recreation and Sports Zone to feature new brands, products and services. These products include non-traditional products like eggs, fresh produce, gluten-free product; prenatal and postpartum care products and services, early education in form of play, music and movement programs, photography services and more.

The fair will feature 10 international and regional pavilions from Australia, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, North America, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. CBME China not only helps more international brands enter China, providing consumers with more product and brand options and variety. This is in line with the “Bring in, Take out” strategy wherein international brands can enter China market and China brands and products get international exposure.

Co-located with CBME China, Cool Kids Fashion Shanghai 2017 will showcase 95+ kids fashion brands from 16 countries and regions. Event highlights include Kids Fashion Design Contest/Gallery, Trend Forums, Kids Fashion Shows and more.

Pre-register at CBME China 2017 at and download the CBME China App to plan your hassle-free visit.

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Algeria introduces new regulations for childcare articles

Algeria’s new technical regulations for childcare articles came into effect on May 27, 2017. Originally published in November 2016 as Interministerial Order of July 11, 2016, Arrêté Interministériel du 6 Chaoual 1437, the new law contains several important provisions.

The new law includes meeting physical, mechanical, flammability and chemical properties. Chemical requirements can be summarized as:

  • Soluble elements – must conform to regulations
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) – prohibited
  • BBP, DBP and DEHP – less than or equal to 0.1% each for plasticized materials.
  • DIDP, DINP and DNOP – less than or equal to 0.1% each for plasticized materials that can be placed in the mouth

The new law is particularly clear that childcare articles such as baby bottles, pacifiers, teats and teethers, must not contain BPA.

In addition to Algeria's new law, the new European standard methods for determining restricted aromatic amines derived from azo colorants in textiles have been updated and were published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in February 2017.

EN 14362-1/3:2017 supersedes existing standards published in 2012 and describes improvements in analytical procedures and provides guidance on interpreting results.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) rule for Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed a rule for a Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products.

Proposed Effective Date

  • Submit Comments by 75 days after date of publication in the federal register
  • 12 Months from publication of the final rule in the federal register
  • Products manufactured on or after the effective date must meet the new standard

Standard Referenced

  • ASTM F3118-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Inclined Sleep Products
  • With one modification that would remove the phrase “rigid frame” from the definition of “accessory inclined sleep product.”

Why It Matters

The CPSC received 657 reports of incidents related to inclined sleep products between January 2005 and September 2016, including 14 deaths and 301 injuries.

This rule will make it illegal to sell products in the U.S. that do not meet the regulation.

To view the original proposal, please click here.

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Splash About strikes Gold at the NAPPA Awards

British retailer Splash About, which designs and develops some of the most advanced safety swimwear for babies and children on the market today, has scooped three Gold awards.

The accolades were handed out for its Happy Nappy swim diaper, Sun Protection Float Suit and Anti-Bacterial Changing Mat at the established National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA).

A team of industry judges and a panel of parent reviewers evaluated all three products for innovation, quality, affordability, usefulness and claims substantiation and each product scored the maximum points.

Parent tester comments include, “The Happy Nappy swim diapers are truly leak-proof…I will save so much money because they are reusable.”

In regard to the Sun Protection Float Suit one reviewer commented “I think having the foam (floats) in two pieces on each row is the key to its success”

And a reviewer for the Anti-Bacterial Changing Mat said, “This changing mat is perfect; easy to carry, easy to fold up, easy to clean, just easy. Kudos Splash About.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the results of the NAPPA awards,” commented Splash About’s CEO Bernadette Spofforth. “These awards have a 26 year history and are a recognized seal of approval for integrity and honesty. Since launching the Splash About brand in the US last year, we have seen it grow in popularity and this is reflected in solid sales results. American consumers are embracing our innovative fun approach to baby and children’s swimwear.”

NAAPA Project Manager Carolyn Richardson commented: “NAPPA’s seal of approval for Splash About’s Sun Protection Float Suit was awarded because it caters to your child’s swim level offering balanced and adjustable buoyancy something that is hard to find. The Anti-Bacterial Changing Mat is a game-changer for swim families with the rubber base and ease of cleaning it make it a go-to item for beach or pool activities and the Happy Nappy Swim Diaper was awarded a straight ten for quality and product appeal.”

Since celebrating its launch into the US market in Q416 Splash About brand has been recognized at the respected Mom’s Choice awards and the prestigious Cribsie Awards, where its Happy Nappy swim diaper received an Academy Star in the award’s New Arrivals category.

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