So what’s happened after our appearance on Shark Tank!!

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy and wow we are busy! Who would think a little idea to keep my culture and heritage alive from a girl that grew up in the Australian bush could spark into something amazing!

I have also added another little surprise to our crazy and hectic schedule. We are expecting baby number 4! This baby won’t know what’s coming with all our designer baby wear and children’s wear it’s going to be our little marketing magnet! LOL!

Well as every mum knows juggling day to day chores and children is a struggle in itself! So I must be absolutely crazy having baby number 4 and starting a new business. Yes I’m tired all the time and have all those pregnancy symptoms that we all love – swollen feet, heart burn, nausea, oh and don’t forget the cravings that come out of nowhere but that you must have right now!

But there is a fire in your belly when starting a new business and knowing that it’s all up to you to make it succeed that keeps you going. There is nothing more reward then following a dream and watching it grow into something amazing. My children watching and telling me how proud they are of mummy would have to be the most rewarding.

Since appearing on Shark Tank it has been overwhelming how many people contacted me that I have never met before via email, text and social media from all around Australia and even as far as the US, UK and Asia to say how proud they are of what we have created and how thrilled they are to follow our journey.

I think most of you already know that we have decided to change our name from Piccaninny Tiny Tots to Kakadu Tiny Tots. It was a hard decision but one that needed to be made. Kakadu Tiny Tots brings it back to Kakadu which is very important to us and hopefully as people follow our journey they will also come on a spiritual journey with us through Kakadu and learn about all that our culture and heritage has to give.

Our Logo the beautiful tree is a sign of life, in our culture everything that grows has a purpose and when we pass on and are buried we go back to the earth and produce these beautiful trees, animals, lakes, billabongs and everything alive. We are one with the land. Aboriginal culture for kids especially is very important to me.

We have a range coming soon featuring our gorgeous logo on our authentic jumpsuits and rompers. They will all be Australian made and a beautiful addition to our range so keep your eye out on our website www.kakadutinytots.com.au for these little beauties. We felt it was very important to be able to buy Australian made clothing and soon you will be able to! We are proud to be able to give you more options when baby shopping.

Soon to be 4…….. I’ll keep you posted on little bub. We might even know the sex when I write my next blog. Will we be needing baby boy outfits or girl baby clothes???

Shark Tank Experience

Wow where do I start, let’s start from the beginning so you can understand just a little bit about my story. My family and I grew up in a small aboriginal community called Patonga which is situated in the middle of the picturesque Kakadu National Park. What fun we had as children in the Australian outback having billabongs as our swimming pools and simple branches and logs as our pretend swords and horses!!

My mother a traditional owner for this region taught us all how to paint traditional art using ancient methods and the spiritual meanings behind everything around us.

Now all grown up with a beautiful family of my own, husband Joe and children Chloe, Denver and Lily-Rose we moved to the big smoke of Adelaide where we built our family home in the beach side suburb of Sellicks Beach.

My idea for Kakadu Tiny Tots sprung to mind one night after I had put my baby Lily-Rose down to sleep and started on the last of the chores for the night – folding clothes, It was then when I was folding a baby Muslim wrap of Lily-Rose’s that I thought, “Wow” wouldn’t our beautiful traditional aboriginal art from Kakadu look amazing on baby wraps and clothing!!

I sat up for hours trying to research if anyone had attempted to conquer this part of the industry and couldn’t find anyone who had. I became extremely excited and spent all my spare time doing a lot of research into the retail industry, manufacturing and producing baby clothing. It then took me around a year until finally I was happy with a manufacturer that could work with us from a starting design to finished product.

My next worry was convincing my husband to spend all our saving on this idea! To my amazement he agreed and I haven’t looked back!

We decided on testing the market with a few rompers and jumpsuits in green and pink with my sister Jacky Cahill’s art of the Fresh Water Turtle. Jacky is an amazing artist and has her own art business called Lightning Arts and Artefact in Kakadu.

We started in markets and expos and found that the feedback was remarkable and an overwhelming number of people started to follow us on social media. This continued for around a year where I was working as a flight attendant fulltime and trying to run a business and juggle family life!

We continued on this path for a while and we began to gradually get some of our products and range in baby shops and Australian Gift Stores where we found we were popular with shoppers looking to send that unique Australian Gift overseas.

Time passed and a girlfriend called me from Sydney and said “Hay have you seen they are about to air a new show called the SHARK TANK and are looking for Australian businesses to pitch there ideas.’’ I thought to myself wow wouldn’t this experience be amazing but we are so new we would never have a chance of getting on the show let alone convincing “THE SHARKS” to invest in our business but I’ll try anyway the worst that could happen is they would say no. So I decided to pluck up the courage….

I applied online and had a phone call the next day to say sorry but the castings for Adelaide had been and gone. My heart sunk. Our Children’s wear and toddler shoes wouldn’t get the chance to showcase some great Australian gifts! But then towards the end of the call the producer said we would love to have a casting with you via Skype!! You are joking I said!!! I couldn’t believe it. Could this really be happening? Our designer baby wear would now take centre stage!!

I had not even been told I was on the show yet it was only a casting to see if the producers liked our idea to be on the show but to me it was a massive milestone for my little business. My husband and I watch the show Dragon’s Den UK religiously so we knew the concept of the show very well. I only had 24 hours to put together a pitch and present this via Skype to the producers.

The time had come 10am and I was sitting in front of my computer shaking waiting for the producers to dial in. I had convinced two friends of mine to bring their baby’s over so I could dress them up in our aboriginal designed baby outfits for the casting!!! Thanks guys!!

After a very overwhelming 45 min casting, they told me they would call back if successful. This became the longest week of my life.

Finally Friday afternoon 2pm I received a phone call that would change everything. “We would love to fly you and your mum to Fox studio’s to pitch your business to the sharks” I was completely in shock. I practised my pitch religiously until I knew it so well I was dreaming it in my sleep!!!

Before I knew it I was in Sydney’s Fox Studios green room with my mum waiting to be called out to present to the Sharks. I can’t do this I thought! I kept having to tell myself do it for your babies. All I wanted to do now was make my family proud and to show all of the young up and coming aboriginal and non-aboriginal children that anything is possible. You just have to stick to your dreams and have a focus! You can do this. Whatever happens at least you gave it your best shot!

They called my name. Are you ready Kylie you are on? Trembling I walked up to the daunting hall that you walk down before you enter the shark tank took a depth breath and hoped for the best.

I then walked forward and stood on a black cross that they mark for you (you cannot see this on TV) and I composed myself for the last time and off I went………

Many of you will know our result and if you don’t check out the episode on our website!! We are currently growing nicely with our unique children’s clothing and have some incredible ideas and plans for the future!

We are now on the start of another exciting journey with our Sharks John McGrath & Steve Baxter.

Kylie-Lee Xxx  

What my brand means to me, Kylie-Lee Bradford

My inspiration behind launching Piccaninny Tiny Tots (Now Kakadu Tiny Tots) comes from my mother Sheril Cahill, who is a traditional owner and well respected elder for this region. My mother is an incredible woman who has always put peoples needs before her own.

Growing up we had many foster children stay with us, along with mum adopting two boys at 6 weeks old and another two year old from Bathurst Island. Even now at the age of 66, my mum has 2 young children from Kuanurra, which she has been growing up for the last 5 years. I really don’t know how she does it!

As for me I have 3 beautiful children Chloe 12, Denver 6 and Lily Rose who is almost 3. Growing up in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory was an amazing playground. You learn very quickly to always help people and not to take anything for granted.

Our family has a very strong connection with the land and our cultural beliefs, which is why I launched our children’s clothing line using our remarkable authentic aboriginal art.

I believe it is so critically important for our children to be taught our culture and heritage so it can be pasted down for generations. Our babies are the ones that take our place so we must educate them. Xx

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Exercising when Pregnant

Exercising when pregnantThis is an important discussion to have to make sure Mum & Bub exercise correctly during those fabulous 9 months!! It is important to remember everyone is different and it is important to be at a comfortable level that YOU are happy with.

Enjoy the read…..

  1. Check with your healthcare provider first

If you exercised regularly before getting pregnant and your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you can most likely continue working out as before. In some cases it’s not ok to exercise during pregnancy so talk to your doctor about your fitness routine to make sure your activities don’t put you or your baby at risk.

  1. Take in extra calories

Exercise burns calories, so make sure to eat well to help nourish and strengthen your body. While you’re pregnant, you’ll naturally gain weight as your baby grows. The amount you’ll need to gain will vary based on your pre-pregnancy weight.

If your body mass index (BMI) is in a healthy range (between 18.5 and 24.9), you’ll need to eat 300 or so more calories a day than before you were pregnant – and probably more than that if you’re exercising. If you’re underweight or overweight you may need to gain a little more or a little less than someone with a healthy BMI and adjust your calories accordingly.

Your doctor will monitor your weight as your pregnancy progresses and can help you figure out how to keep your weight gain on track through diet and exercise.

  1. Steer clear of dangerous sports 

Avoid contact sports, as well as activities that might throw you off balance. Regular cycling early in your pregnancy should be okay if you’re comfortable on a bike, but it’s probably best to stick to stationary or recumbent bikes later in pregnancy.

Even if you’re normally graceful, keep in mind that during pregnancy the increased levels of the hormone relaxin, which relaxes pelvic joints in preparation for childbirth, loosen all ligaments and joints, making you more susceptible to sprains and injury from falls.

  1. Wear the right clothes

Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing. Dress in layers so it’s easy to peel off a layer or two after you’ve warmed up or if you feel too hot. Make sure your maternity bra offers enough support, and choose athletic shoes that fit your feet properly and offer good support. If your shoe size has changed because of mild swelling, stash away your pre-pregnancy runners and buy a new pair.

  1. Warm up

Warm-ups prepare your muscles and joints for exercise and build your heart rate up slowly. If you skip the warm-up and jump into strenuous activity before your body is ready, you could strain your muscles and ligaments and experience increased post workout aches and pains.

  1. Drink plenty of water

Drink water before, during, and after exercising. Otherwise, you can become dehydrated, which can cause contractions and raise your body temperature, sometimes to levels that are dangerous for you and your baby.

  1. Don’t lie flat on your back

Avoid lying flat on your back after the first trimester. This position puts pressure on a major vein called the vena cava, which will reduce blood to your heart and may diminish blood flow to your brain and uterus, making you dizzy, short of breath, or nauseated.

Some women are comfortable in this position well into their pregnancies, but this isn’t necessarily a good gauge of whether blood flow to the uterus is affected. Placing a pillow under your right hip or buttock will allow you to be almost supine without compressing the vena cava.

  1. Keep moving

Standing in one place for prolonged periods – as when you’re lifting weights or doing yoga poses – can decrease blood flow to the uterus and cause blood to pool in your legs, making you dizzy. Keep moving by switching positions or walking in place. A simple stroll to the shops to look at that Designer Baby Wear for your bub will keep the blood circulating.

  1. Don’t overdo it

Don’t exercise until you’re exhausted. A good rule of thumb: Slow down if you can’t comfortably carry on a conversation. In general, the best guideline is to listen to your body. When something hurts, that means something’s wrong, so stop. You should feel like you’re working your body, not punishing it. Rest is very important, before you know it your little one will be in their Toddler Shoes and you will be running around after them! Take it easy when you can!

  1. Don’t get overheated

Avoid letting yourself get too hot, especially during the first trimester when your baby’s major organs are developing. The increased blood flow and higher metabolic rate that happen when you’re pregnant mean you’ll feel warmer than usual, and doubly so when you exercise. And since feeling warm is common in pregnancy, you may get overheated much faster than you normally would, even before your belly is big. Signs of being overheated are largely individual, but pay attention if you’re sweating a lot or feel uncomfortably warm, nauseated, dizzy, or short of breath. To cool off quickly, stop exercising, take off layers, and change your environment: Seek out air conditioning or step into a cool shower. Hydrating is key, too, so drink lots of water.

  1. Get up from the floor slowly

As your belly grows your centre of gravity shifts. That’s why it’s important to take great care when you change positions. Getting up too quickly can make you dizzy and may cause you to lose your footing and fall.

  1. Cool down

At the end of your workout, take five to 10 minutes to walk in place and do some pregnancy friendly stretching. This will allow your heart rate to get back to normal and help to prevent sore muscles.

  1. Make it a habit

Make a commitment to work regular exercise into your schedule. Keeping up a routine is easier on your body than long periods of inertia interrupted by spurts of activity. Activity can be a gentle walk to that Baby Clothing Boutique to pick out that baby boy outfit or baby girl outfit or alternatively it can be a brisk walk to your local Australian Memorabilia shop in search of that unique Australian Gift.

Family Activity

Whether your baby is still in his or her Toddler shoes, being active from an early age is very important to many Australian families. The benefits of activity and exercise in moderation far outweigh the negatives, this activity of course needs to be monitored and tailored to each individual’s needs and age.

 

Activity can be as something as simple as playing at the beach or exploring in the Australian bush, the key is to stay active and mobile from as early as possible. In fact, Aboriginal culture for kids involves a lot of this naturally, much of the early years involve exploring and learning culture in a variety of settings.

 

As your little ones grow and develop they make express an interest in organised sport and games, this is a very important stage and this interest must be channeled in the right way and participation is the key at an early age rather than competitiveness….this can come later. Too many potentially excellent young sports people are lost because of an over competitive parent with a win at all cost attitude. Something as simple as looking for your Childrens wear together whilst Aussie online shopping and choosing the right equipment together helps to grow your bond and your child’s interest.

 

Australian presents and Australian gifts also help in promoting physical activity within a family, outdoor toys and presents can help with outside play and therefore increased activity, make it part of your lifestyle. The key is to ensure the correct balance takes place and your children and you are happy!!

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Why Cotton is the best textile for your baby

Cotton is the best textile for your baby

In my opinion which is based on raising my 3 children along with having many nieces, nephews and cousins, Cotton is definitely best for your baby.

A newborns skin is so delicate as is any child’s skin under 3, being a 100% organic fabric Cotton is natural, soft and doesn’t rub against your baby’s soft skin. Cotton garments will keep your loved one cool as its naturalness allows it to be non-allergenic so less worry about rashes, eczema and asthma. This in today’s climate is a huge advantage.

With many spillages on your little one’s Designer baby wear, Cotton can be washed and dried easily making it easy to clean – harsh soaps and chemicals are not required to get rid of stains as Cotton releases dirt and grime easily. More often than not, a mild detergent and some warm water will be enough to clean your bub’s Unique baby clothing.

It is a good idea to use organic cotton clothes for your baby, organic cotton is made using natural fertilizers and absolutely no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Therefore, this kind of cotton is the best for your baby.

In addition to the benefits it offers your baby, cotton is great for the environment too. It is 100% natural and therefore biodegradable too.
By now you must be convinced of the benefits cotton has to offer. We definitely are that is why all our Designer baby wear is 100% cotton. Why not Buy Australian for your beautiful bundle of joy or grab that perfect Australian gifts for that special someone close to your heart.

Supporting Australian local business

Kylie's kids, niece and nephew enjoying a healthly snack in Alice Springs As a local brand communicating with our customers and suppliers on a personal level everyday, we understand who you are and what you want from us! We provide quality 100% organic cotton pieces that will leave your bub happy and cool in warmer conditions.

 
At Kakadu Tiny Tots, we are all about being “Australian” and thought we would give you the top 8 reasons that we love our Aussie brand!

 
1) We make the perfect Australian gift to send overseas- with tiny sizes, our rompers, jumpsuits and bibs are easy to package and keep shipping costs low to overseas destinations.
2) We offer only the best baby clothes- our fabric is second to none, 100% organic cotton with original design from Kakadu National Park, Australia.
3) We promote aboriginal culture for kids- It is important in Australia that kids have an understanding of aboriginal culture, we promote this culture at the markets that we attend
4) Kakadu Tiny Tots make Aboriginal Souvenirs- have you checked out our toddler shoes, featuring original Aboriginal paintings?
5) We have baby bibs… online! These are not just your everyday baby bibs, Kakadu Tiny Tots bibs make a gorgeous accessory as they are so brightly coloured!
6) We offer a range of unique baby clothing and our range is set to continue to grow very soon!
7) Indigenous clothing is our strength and we focus on providing this to an array of customers
8) We are one of the top baby stores for authentic Australian pieces

Kakadu Tiny Tots Soap Range

Essential oils are a true miracle of nature and have been used since the being of time to treat, heal and soothe physical, emotional and spiritual ills- bringing balance to mind, body and soul. It is the fine science of combing these oils and balancing their unique properties, which allows us to bring the benefits of nature to our handcrafted soaps. “Mother natural provides the ingredients, we just create the recipes.”

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Aussie Heritage
Infused with the famous eucalyptus plant, this soap is perfect to be used if you are feeling under the weather.

Lemongrass and Tea Tree
With a blend of crisp tea tree and rejuvenating lemongrass. Perfect for everyday use on children’s cuts and grazes.

Lemon Myrtle
Imagine a combination of lemon, lemongrass and lime, now add a dash of indefinably captivating, and that’s the deliciously clean, clear scent of Australian lemon myrtle

Orange and Spice
Is a favourite in winter with a scent of juicy oranges and a touch of cinnamon

Seaweed and Aloe
This is my favourite! Soothing aloe and its powerful healing benefits along with mineral rich seaweed.

Sunrise
Patchouli has a rich, woody fragrance combined with sweet mandarin essential oil and a touch of peppermint, this blend will remind you of a tropical island

Tea Tree
Its soothing and antibacterial properties can be used to treat nappy trash, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions. This soap is also perfect for you loved pet with sensitive skin

Goats Milk-A GREAT SOAP FOR BABIES!
This soap is essentially left untouched. There is no fragrance or colour just undiluted goat’s milk. Perfect for those with eczema, psoriasis, acne, cracked or dry skin and sensitive allergic skin conditions. Recommend by dermatologist

Goat’s milk and Honey
This is magic soap. No scents have been added so all you are able to smell is goat’s milk and fresh honey. Moisturises and revitalises tired skin

Harmony
Using Australian red clay will balance and improve blood circulation. Cedar wood, Sandalwood and orange will moisturise dry skin well Antiseptic properties with benefits for irritated or acne prone skin

Relaxation
Australian blue clay is used to treat problematic skin. Relax and unwind with essential oils of lavender and rosemary

Tranquilly
Australian green clay helps absorb impurities and toxins from the skin. With refreshing lemongrass and lime sessional oils this blend makes the perfect skin tonic for tied shin

Coconut
We only use real shredded coconut to leave your skin feeling soft and beautiful

Sandalwood
One of the older incense fragrances. Strongly atomic oriental wood.

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