From 2004 the international baby to teenager fair Kind + Jugend is to veer away from its traditional twice-yearly format, instead showing a new concept three times a year its organisers have announced.

Two of the events will act as an exclusive kick-off to the season's fashions (Kind + Jugend Fashion) and one will serve as a major platform for buying children's hardware such as pushchairs.

Beginning in 2004, Kind + Jugend Fashion will be presented in the Palladium event hall in the Köln-Mülheim media centre. Its early dates (9-10 January 2004 and 18-19 June 2004) schedules it before those in Brussels and Florence. Only fashion-orientated manufacturers and collections will be presented at Kind + Jugend Fashion.

The summer 2003 event will therefore combine fashion and hardware for the last time in the traditional manner.