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I am sooo close to ordering a wool bed system from Shepherd's Dream! I don't personally know anyone who has experienced this type of bed and I've seen a few postings here about wool beds and natural organic beds in general so just wanted to see if any one had comments, recommendations. Do they stay comfortable over time, too warm for summer sleeping?<br><br>
The idea of an all wool mattress with a fluffy mattress pad and comforter sounds so luxurious and pure! They also sell latex strips for foundation slats for extra cush that i am seriously considering.<br><br>
I'd love to get feedback before i make my final decision. Thanks
 

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I'm not sure what kind of bed you're referring to, but all-wool mattresses attract mites and bugs and clump up very easily, from what I understand. I have a wool cover on top of my organic latex mattress, however, and it's not too warm ever. Wool is good for a number of reasons (my baby is asleep on a sheepskin right now), but not as the substance of a mattress.
 

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Thanks for the reply 3girl. The mattress type is basically an all wool futon. Here's a link to the company that makes them: <a href="http://www.shepherdsdream.com/" target="_blank">Shepherd's Dream</a><br>
I guess because it's constructed like a futon, layers of batting hand tufted together, I wouldnt expect it to clump. Also, every source I've found that discusses the benefits of wool mentions that one of its strengths is that it is inhospitable to dust mites and mildew, etc ???<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Have you had issues with bugs and mites in wool bedding?<br><br>
Thanks for the info.
 

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Yeah, you know, I think I'm thinking about cotton, not wool. There's a wool-cotton organic mattress out there that isn't very good. But what you want seems great - I'm going to bookmark it for when we furnish our basement, actually. We've had no issues with our wool topper, and it has been a lifesaver with a reflux-y babe.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the reply 3girl. The mattress type is basically an all wool futon. Here's a link to the company that makes them: <a href="http://www.shepherdsdream.com/" target="_blank">Shepherd's Dream</a></div>
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For those prices it should come with a sheep.
 

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I've seen those beds on Shepherd's Dream--they DO look fantastic! It has been on my wishlist for quite some time. I love the whole idea of the wool bed on the wooden frame. All those cushy layers...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, you know, I think I'm thinking about cotton, not wool. There's a wool-cotton organic mattress out there that isn't very good. But what you want seems great - I'm going to bookmark it for when we furnish our basement, actually. We've had no issues with our wool topper, and it has been a lifesaver with a reflux-y babe.</div>
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I'm so glad you were thinking of a different mattress and haven't had issues with your wool topper! The all-wool bed does look great, doesn't it?<br><br>
And yeah, unfortunately (or fortunately, I guess) no sheep included. It <span style="text-decoration:underline;">is</span> quite a plunge financially...But the mattress its self goes for about the same as a good natural latex mattress from what i've seen. Another option I've considered is a natural latex mattress with a thick wool topper.<br><br>
If I go for it, I'll post and let you guys know how I like it.<br><br>
I would still love to hear from anyone who has one or who has heard a first hand account of its comfort over the long run (If there is anyone out there).
 

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Shepherd's Dream is SOOO great! I initially ordered stuff from them because my Vivetique bedding was taking too long and I had to cancel the order. (literally 8 weeks, and *still* no ship date!!)<br><br>
But anyway their wool is amazing. I have a Vivetique comforter and then a bunch of Shepherd's Dream products, and there's seriously no comparison. If you want cushy, I think you'll love their bed. I can't afford the actual wool mattress, but the mattress mate is really really comfortable. It kinda gives you that floating on a cloud feeling...<br><br>
If you can afford it, you should definitely go for it!! And then give us all updates, please. =)
 

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Hey kaia8, thanks for your feedback on Shepherd's Dream. I'm so glad that you love your bedding from them! I went ahead and placed the order for a mattress and a topper a few days ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce"> I'll be able to pick it up in a couple of weeks, yay! I'll definitely post and let you all know how I like it.<br>
Now I have to get to work building a platform for it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Wish me luck!
 

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Dear GingerRoot, please please do let us know how you like it! I tried out the mattress sample and it seems great, but I'm also afraid to spend so much money on something I might not love.<br><br>
Eager to hear your review =)
 

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I'll pick up my wool bed and topper in a couple of days! Unfortunately I won't be sleeping on it much for the first couple of weeks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ...I agreed to animal sit for some friends and will be staying at their house during their travels. Oh well...my anticipation builds! Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll love it once I finally get to snuggle in. I'll surely post a review.
 

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I finally wrote a review of my new Shepherd's Dream Wool Bed!<br><br>
A poster on another thread had specific questions about he bed, so I included a full review in that reply. I'm feeling a bit lazy so I'll copy it here.<br><br>
Enjoy!<br><br>
From Shepherd's Dream Wool Bed Thread:<br>
I actually just recently got one of these mattresses with the wool topper, comforter and pillows...the works! I started a Wool Bed thread a month or so ago with while trying to decide if I should go for it or not. Well, I did....I picked it up a few weeks ago but then the week and a half after bringing it home I slept at friends to pet sit for them and then went out of town myself for a long weekend. This week I have finally been able to sleep in my luscious new bed, and....<br><br>
O....M....G.... I love it!<br><br>
It is sooo comfy and nurturing...I love crawling in to bed. I usually spend a few minutes rolling around and snuggling in because it feels so creamy-cushy-soft! I definitely has a cloud-like quality to it but somehow manages to still feel very supportive. It's not springy soft like some traditional mattresses are, more like thick-natural fiber-lofty-slightly sink-in soft. It is a unique feeling (at least to me) that obviously is a little hard to articulate! I guess "luscious" and "nurturing" do it justice.<br><br>
I do have a wood slat platform bed frame with latex strips. I didn't get the latex from Shepherd's Dream, though. I bought a 3" layer of firm 100% natural latex and cut and glued the strips myself. Shepherd's Dream only offers 2" synthetic/natural blend latex. I figured, I may as well go all natural.<br><br>
I typically like a moderately firm bed and have slept on a borrowed firm latex mattress for the past 6 mos. I really did like the latex better than any other bed that I have slept on in the past and originally was searching for a latex mattress to purchase when I discovered Shepherd's Dream. I'm lucky to live less than an hour from their store/workshop, so i was able to test the bed there and also pick it up myself (which saved a lot on shipping). I was surprised I loved the feel of the wool bed when I tried it, considering I usually prefer firm. But like I mentioned above, I is actually v. supportive and firm in its own way. I definitely would go for the latex unless you like super-firm. For me, without the latex it still has that yummy, soft-on-top feeling but I could feel the wood frame under the mattress. I really like the "give" that the latex provides. I love sleeping directly on the wool layers though because even though latex is supper comfy...it does feel like foam, which ,of course, it is! I guess what I mean is that it feels synthetic in a way and the wool feels very "organic"...just a subtle feeling I suppose.<br><br>
My sleep has been great in this bed. The softness with the added "give" of the latex has worked great for my body type. I'm 5'5", 140#s and a bit "hip-y". i can sleep well on my side without turning a lot b/c my hips sink in enough that i don't feel the need to shift off a pressure point...makes sense? Also, it's firm enough that i can sleep on my stomach comfortably. My BF is tall and thin (6'5", 170's) and loves the bed too. For him, the layer of latex wasn't as essential...not so hip-y, he's v. much the ecto-morph if you know what I mean. He calls it the marshmallow!<br><br>
Hope this is helpful to all searching for a great natural bed. I don't think there is one perfect bed for everyone...but for me, I think I have found it! Yay!<br><br>
Regarding SD's return policy...they told me that it is illegal to resell any used bedding (makes sense!). They would basically have to eat any losses on returns. They are such a small company, I think they just couldn't do it and stay viable. In their favor, they offer great personal down to earth service. Sarah, the owner is so sweet! And it was really cool knowing that she personally made my bed by hand, especially for me.<br><br>
Best wishes and sweet dreams!<br><br>
Leslie
 

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thank you Leslie for the awesome review! i am very hip-y/curvy and that has been my biggest problem with mattresses and sleeping on my side. we are planning to get a king size wool bed from shepherds dream next month when my partner gets his quarterly bonus. i am really looking forward to sleeping on a bigger better bed.
 

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Thanks for posting the review, GingerRoot! Congratulations on your dreamy new mattress. Are you still enjoying it? I am finally seeing this thread, just a few months late.<br><br>
Moonfroggy, did you get the SD mattress? If so, how is it?
 

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Hmm may be my next matress, what do use as a foundation. Right now I have a platform bed. It is a queen. I tink if I got one of these I would buy a King.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for posting the review, GingerRoot! Congratulations on your dreamy new mattress. Are you still enjoying it? I am finally seeing this thread, just a few months late.<br><br>
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we did get the bed and we love it. i got an eastern king and it is so big and roomy and soft enough that i am comfortable but not to soft.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we did get the bed and we love it. i got an eastern king and it is so big and roomy and soft enough that i am comfortable but not to soft.</div>
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Thanks for the update! I'm glad you love it. Our mattress, a pretty nice pillowtop conventional mattress, has a lot of life left. Darn! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (But when it is time for it to be replaced, I know where I'm buying!)
 

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Wow, this looks completely incredible. And here I was, *thisclose* to being sold on natural latex! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Too bad it's impossible for me to compare the latex to the wool, side-by-side!<br><br>
I wonder what the expected lifespan is for the woolbed? My understanding is that latex mattresses last for decades?<br><br>
So glad I saw this thread! Thank you for the detailed review! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I went to the website, and it looks like you could make your own for 1/4 of the price, quick and easily. Maybe I'm nuts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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