Retailer: Little Green Sheep
+ Exceptional quality, cosy yet breathable
- Expensive compared to “regular” duvets/pillows
If you’ve looked at my earlier reviews, you’ll know I’m a bit of a fan of LGS products and the company as a whole. So when I pondered buying some proper grown-up bedding for Sprogzilla, it’s no surprise they were my first port of call.Read More
At the time, LGS they weren’t actually selling duvets or pillows. On giving them a ring, I was told this was something they were considering and they’d let me know as soon as they had something more solid in the pipeline. I received a call from them about a week later to say they had some samples and would I be interested in trying them. Obviously, I jumped at the chance.
I should point out that I didn’t actually receive anything for free, rather I paid a discounted price as the products weren’t ready for regular sale. The options available to me were either a cotton duvet/pillow or a wool duvet/pillow.
The former set is suitable for little ones trying proper bedding for the first time as it only has a light cotton filling. I opted for the latter set, which has a thicker wool filling and is ideal for the slightly older child or one who has already been introduced to bedding. Sprogzilla was 14 months old and had been using a cushion and thick blankets in his cot bed, so I felt this was the best choice. Both duvet types are suitable for use all year round.
*** LGS have sourced their duvets and pillows from an Austrian company and sent them to me with the original branding and packaging intact. I presume that LGS have now applied their own labelling, so it may be presented a little differently from my description. ***
The duvet and pillow came packaged separately in transparent zipped bags. I’ve kept these as they look like they’ll be rather handy for storage some day. On opening the bags and having a feel, I immediately noticed the outer lining had a lovely satin-soft feel. If you look at the photo further down showing them out of the packets, you can sort of see the texture and sheen. Giving them a good squeeze revealed them to be nicely stuffed and very plush. Inside the pillow is a single thick wad of wool, you can add extra filling to plump it up even further if you wish, however I’ve found it to be suitably firm for my toddler.
I also invested in some organic cotton and bamboo duvet covers and pillow cases. These did not come from LGS and I may review them separately at some point. Although the duvet and pillow can be washed, I wanted to protect them from everyday dirt and stains.
Sprogzilla has now been using his pillow and duvet for about four months. It took him a while to understand the concept of a pillow, he loved burrowing underneath it and going to sleep! The duvet was initially kicked off within minutes of going to bed and Sprogdaddy and I had to go and tuck him in on many occasions. For the last two months though, he has been using them properly and looks ever so comfy snuggled up in bed. He has a tendency to disappear under the duvet, so I am very glad I purchased one that is breathable whilst still being warm.
Over time, the pillow has flattened down ever so slightly but is still firm and safe for a toddler. This will happen with any pillow after sustained use and is nowhere near as bad as I’ve experienced with “regular” pillows which I am frequently frustrated with. I love that I can add extra filling if it ever seems necessary. I do turn and plump up the pillow before every nap and bedtime to help prevent any sagging in the middle and I haven’t had an issue with this so far.
When I first bought the duvet, I tried it out myself. I noticed that even though it was a stuffy, late-summer night, I wasn’t too hot and yet still felt very cosy. In comparison, my regular (not cheap!) polyester/cotton duvet left me feeling quite uncomfortable. I must say I was sorely tempted to buy a wool duvet for my own bed, but they are quite expensive in such large sizes and I couldn’t really stretch the budget.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a high-quality, natural fibre offering I would heartily recommend the duvet and/or pillow. Even if you are only considering “regular” bedding, do take a look and see if your budget can accommodate something like this. There are a few things in life I feel are worth spending that little bit extra on and this is one of them.