Robot and Dinosaur was founded by Shirley and Grace, friends since university and both moms of young children. Before starting Robot and Dinosaur, each had been looking for buckwheat pillows for their families and were disappointed with the options available.
Shirley's son, after transitioning to a big kid bed, expressed interest in using a pillow. Although buckwheat pillows met all her requirements (non-toxic, breathable and supportive) many on the market were too small, too large (adult sized) or were too decorative.
Grace found that popular nursing pillows did not securely support her baby when breastfeeding. Buckwheat nursing pillows offered the best support compared to other pillows filled with synthetics, but the available selections were made with rough cushion fabric, had loud distracting prints or both.
As for the name - Robot and Dinosaur - it was chosen because Shirley and Grace believe that robots and dinosaurs are cool and should be enjoyed by girls and boys (and moms too!).