Maternity and childcare product industry in China - statistics & facts
Since 2016, Chinese couples have been officially permitted to have a second child, a change from the one-child policy from 30-something years.. The country witnessed a sudden, albeit short, burst in new births since the amendment of the family planning law. After spurring to around 13.6 in 2016, the average newborn number per 1,000 inhabitants in China continued to decrease and hit an all-time low in 2021. In the face of the aging population, the Chinese government further relaxed the restriction and announced the launch of the three-child policy in May 2021. This resulted in a steady increase in the Chinese maternity and childcare product market as well..
The Chinese baby formula contamination scandals back in 2008 boosted the demand for milk formula and baby food from international brands. However, with government support to increase favorability towards local milk formula, the market share of domestic milk formula brands rose considerably in recent years. In 2021, Chinese baby formula brand Feihe ranked first in terms of market share among all infant milk formula brands, indicating the revitalization of the country’s baby formula industry. In addition, domestic diaper brands were also the preferred choice of Chinese consumers.
Increasing purchasing power has enabled Chinese parents to provide their children not only with daily necessities such as infant food, diapers, and clothing but also nutrition supplements, hygiene products, and toys. Over the past few years, China's baby personal care market witnessed a notable development with a focus on new market segments such as baby skincare, bathing, and hair products. It is not hard to imagine that quality is the most important factor for Chinese parents in choosing baby products in all segments.
The improving living standards of the expanding middle class have already created a solid foundation for medium and high-end mother and child product markets in China. The steady rise of this industry is likely to continue over the next decade with a focus on quality, safety, ecological, and healthy products, increasing retail competition and creating significant business opportunities.
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