I won’t lie here, but organic crib mattresses can get quite expensive. We’re talking in the $200-$300 range. If you have the extra money to spend on a mattress like that, it’s great, but for those who don’t, there are definitely cheaper alternatives that offer just as much. For instance, here we have the Milliard Memory Foam crib mattress. It’s CertiPur-US certified and hypoallergenic. If you are ready to learn more about this wonderfully affordable mattress, then don’t take your eyes off of your phone, tablet, or computer screen.
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The Milliard Promise
The promise of Milliard is quite simple. Their goal is to provide consumers who are savvy, with the products they need with a value they expect. They also stand behind every product they sell with confidence.
Milliard bedding provides your child with the perfect balance of comfort and support. Support is ideal for a crib mattress because it helps with the development of your growing child. Milliard is well aware of this and are constantly testing and retesting their products to ensure the highest customer satisfaction.
Presenting The Milliard Memory Foam Crib Mattress
The Milliard memory foam crib mattress is 5.5 inches of luxurious high quality CertiPUR-US certified foam that is meant to contour gently to your child’s delicate body. On top of that, this mattress greatly reduces the risk for SIDS thanks to its stiff foam that the child cannot sink into. More specifically, it has a medium-firm feel with a 32 ILD and 28D density.
To add even more support, Milliard has added a thicker polyester cover which adds another layer to the stiffness of the mattress. This better ensures that the child will not sink in and helps to protect against suffocation.
The polyester cover that adds the extra support is also hypoallergenic and non porous. The hypoallergenic properties will keep the mattress free from dust mites, allergens, mold, and bacteria. Not to mention, the cover is waterproof and completely washable.
Thoughts About The Packaging
Since this is a memory foam mattress, it came vacuum sealed and rolled up in a medium sized box. The first thing I noticed about the packaging was the cute baby on the paper insert that came rolled up with the mattress. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a ton of information on the paper with the picture of the baby on it.
When I open my products, I like to see inserts that have all kinds of information that could help me if I have questions. This one had a list of 4 features, but nothing else, not a huge deal though.
Features & Benefits
Alright, here is where I really get into detail about the mattress. This is the section in which I tell you everything I possibly can about the mattress which includes heat retention, bounce, edge support, and so much more.
What Sets It Apart?
To me, the one thing that sets this mattress apart from other mattress is that it is super affordable while having some pretty great features. A lot of these features are only things that you would think you could find in an organic crib mattress, such as the CertiPUR-US certified foam.
The Milliard memory foam crib mattress is also specially designed to relieve any kind of muscle pain, aches, and stress that your baby may have. I know, how much pain could a baby possibly be in, right? Babies go through more stress than you know. They are still trying to figure out how to crawl, talk, walk, they may be teething, and so much more could be going on. They’re confused and frustrated and I know how stressful frustration can be.
Since the Milliard helps to relieve pain and stress, it’ll also amount to less tossing and turning for your child. This is something that not many crib mattress companies can say with confidence since children are so unpredictable with their sleeping patterns.
Construction & Composition
The Milliard has two simple layers:
The polyester cover encasement is ideal for keeping out bugs and allergens. It’s also waterproof which is great for those potty training issues and occasional tummy bug incidents. I had to take the cover off and wash it after my son had a diaper explosion and removing it was quite simple and easy. I washed it on a delicate cold cycle and dried it on a delicate cycle. The cover stayed intact and did not shrink.
The foam is definitely dense enough to support a toddler without much sinkage or losing its shape. It is made with CertiPUR-US certified foam and only the highest quality materials that Milliard could get their hands on. The foam contours to your child’s body helping to relieve that stress and pain that I mentioned earlier.
My toddler is really picky when it comes to his sleeping surface. With the Milliard, Colton, my son, slept very well. I managed to get a picture of him sleeping ever so peacefully on the mattress. He did not toss and turn as much as he would on some of the other mattresses. When I first read about this mattress, I was a tad skeptical about the validity of the reduced tossing and turning claim, but now i’m not.
The other great thing about the Milliard, comfort wise, is that it will help transition your baby to their crib. Babies are use to the softness of their parents mattress if they are co-sleeping. Laying your baby on a hard and uncomfortable mattress can make for long and exhausting nights.
The foam in the Milliard offers the ideal solution when it comes time to put your baby in their own crib. The foam is gentle on your baby’s body, giving them that comfort as if they were in their mommy’s arms.
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Overall, the support of Milliard memory foam crib mattress is good. I stuck a 16 pound bowling ball on top of the mattress to see how much it sunk in and it seemed to stay pretty firm. There was a small amount of sinkage, as to be expected with memory foam, but nothing that is going to put the baby in harms way since the weight will be spread out more evenly.
The high density foam is a huge factor in this feature. If the foam isn’t high in density, the mattress isn’t going to be as firm as it should. Although, we don’t want the foam to be too dense, as this could cause the mattress to be too firm and may be uncomfortable for your toddler or baby.
All-in-all, the Milliard offers a supportive sleeping surface that is also comfortable. Support is the safest way to reduce that SIDS risk that we all worry about. A firm, flat mattress is ideal for safety and that is what the Milliard offers.
The Two Finger Test
The two finger test has been done for many years by parents, scientists, and pediatricians. What is it? It’s the measurement we take with our fingers to determine whether or not a mattress is snug enough for the crib.
The general rule here is that if you can fit more than two fingers in the space between the crib and the mattress, then it is unsafe for your child to be sleeping on it. The reason for this is because the space, along with lack of edge support (I will get to this later), can create an entrapment risk. This, in turn, creates a suffocation hazard. This is why it is important for a mattress to fit without gaps.
So, how did the Milliard do? It surpassed the test! It fit so tightly in the crib that I couldn’t even fit half a finger in between the mattress and crib. There was absolutely no gap, which is really what we want the outcome to be.
As I stated earlier, edge support is something to look for in a crib mattress, especially if it’s just a tad too small for your crib (between 1 and 2 fingers). If a mattress had no edge support and there was a gap, I honestly wouldn’t put my baby on it.
For a memory foam mattress, the Milliard did quite well with the edge support test. I placed my bowling ball on the edge of it and it did sink a little, but nothing to get concerned over. I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular since this is a memory foam mattress, but it still did pretty well.
I even balanced the ball there for quite a while to see if the edge would eventually give away, but it did not. The ball stayed there and the edge held up. Now, when it comes to toddlers, they are usually all over the place once you put them in their toddler bed. This another reason why edge support is important.
As toddlers move in their sleep, they seem to get closer to the edge. If there is no support, they may slip off of the edge. If this becomes an issue or a concern, I suggest a bumper or rail. You can also get one of those one dollar foam noodles and stick it under the sheet. This will help keep your toddler in place.
It’s something that may seem silly to think about, but honestly, it can mean the difference between a good fitting or bad fitting mattress. I have found that the square corners fit in my crib better than the round corners. The edges of the square ones seem to fill in that gap that you find in most crib corners.
The Milliard mattress has square corners and as you can see from the pictures, it fits nice and snug in the crib. The corners also aren’t sharp like you may find on other mattresses. One that I tested had ridiculously sharp corners that I wouldn’t have wanted my child touching.
Overall, the edges of the Milliard are excellent and I love that they are smooth and not sharp. It definitely fits in my crib better than most other mattresses that have rounded corners.
One thing that I like to look over when it comes to my mattresses, are the seams. You wouldn’t think of seams as something that important, but really, they are. What happens if there is a loose seam and a curious baby? They’re going to pull at the string until they have it all unraveled or wrapped around one of their little fingers.
I checked over every inch of the Milliard for loose seams, pulls in the fabric, and the security of the zipper. Everything seemed to be up to par except for a spot on the zipper. I noticed that the fabric around it wasn’t very tight and there were quite a few snags. This was before I had taken the cover off to wash it.
If you take a look at the picture, you can see that there are some “fuzzies” around the zipper. I am not sure if it is suppose to look like this or if it was something that happened during production. All of the other seams looked intact.
Ease Of Transport
Have you ever had to do a middle of the night sheet change while being overly exhausted? I have and let me tell you something, there was minimal effort done on my part. I have gotten so frustrated because I couldn’t get my old mattress out without tilting, rocking, rolling, and heaving it. I was so tired after all of that work that I didn’t even bother to put a sheet back on it.
Luckily, the Milliard is very lightweight, coming in at around 8 pounds. I am a huge fan of the lighter crib mattresses because it makes lifting easier when it comes time for cleanings and sheet changes. I love the fact that I can just pick this one up with one hand and pull it up and out of the crib.
How Does It Feel?
As I was telling you earlier, there have been times when I didn’t want to put the sheet back on the mattress because I knew I was going to have to take it out and do it all over again thanks to a sick baby. This is where the texture of a crib mattress actually means something to me. If it’s soft and cozy, baby is most likely going to sleep well on it. If it feels scratchy and plasticy, baby may not like it.
The Milliard has a backpack texture feeling. It’s a tad rough and feels like a backpack or a cloth lunchbox that you get with certain backpacks. It didn’t seem to bother my son, especially once I washed it. It is kind of scratchy and you can hear it when you rub your hands over it.
Bounce tests are how I figure out whether or not my child is going to sleep comfortably on the mattress. When a child moves around in their sleep on a bouncy mattress, it may disrupt that comfort. So if my bowling ball keeps bouncing, it’s very likely that my child is going to bounce in their sleep.
The Milliard had just the right amount of bounce, especially for a memory foam mattress. It didn’t sink in and stop bouncing, nor did it bounce more than a few times. It bounced a couple of times and stopped. This is a good indication that the mattress has a proper firmness level for a baby and toddler.
Temperature Regulation Features
If you keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year around, temperature regulation may not be a huge issue to you. For me, I use a woodstove in the winter and sometimes it will get too hot in the bedroom. So, a mattress that has temperature regulating features come in handy for this reason.
The Milliard has air flow features that help to keep the baby at a comfortable temperature. If it seems to get too hot, the air flow channels on the bottom of the cover help to release that warm air and circulate in cool air. You child will no longer overheat thanks to those air channels.
I did not notice my son sleeping hot on this mattress, which is great because he does tend to overheating. He actually slept quite comfortably on it considering it was very hot where I live during these tests.
Since this mattress has heat regulating features, it should be able to cool down at quite a quick rate, right? If you aren’t already aware of how I do these tests, I will let you in on my trick. I take a sock with rice and heat it up, it’s like my own little heating pad. I will then heat up a spot on the mattress to about 130 degrees and use my gun to measure how long it takes for that spot to cool back down to around 98 degrees.
The Milliard surpassed all of the other crib mattresses I have done so far. It cooled down at an exceptionally quick pace of just 9 seconds as opposed to the average 20-25 seconds. The fact that this mattress cools down at such a quick rate means that it really does have temperature regulating features that help circulate the air through the mattress.
I really hate to say this, but when I opened up this mattress from the sealed plastic, the smell was absolutely terrible. Although this was the case, they do have the decency to forewarn people before they buy the mattress.
Their mattress foams are free from toxins and harmful chemicals but they do say that it can come with an odor. It won’t necessarily trigger allergies, but it may have an effect to those who are hyper-sensitive to smell. They do say that the smell will go away after a few days to a week and you can speed up the process by airing out the room.
I tested these instructions for myself and it did seem to work. I left the mattress open for a few days to air out in a well ventilated room and the smell did seem to go away.
Feedback From Other Consumers (Parents & Caregivers)
Here are some comments about the Milliard that other users had.
Construction & Composition
- Cover seems durable
- Seams are tight
- Complaints about the zipper
Comfort For Baby
- Parents reported all night sleeping from baby
- Babies were falling asleep quicker
- Waterproof claim holds true
- Accidents were easy to clean
- Cover holds spills quite well
- Babies aren’t overheating
- Toddlers sleep without sweating
- Supports heavy dogs
- Equal support for infants and toddlers
Comfort For Toddler
- Toddlers are sleeping better
- Less tossing and turning
Ease Of Movement
- Lightweight nature makes it portable
- Easy to take out of cribs
Is the Milliard Memory Foam Crib Mattress The Right Fit For Your Baby/Toddler?
This is a lot of information to take in, I know. So I am going to break it down into a few simple questions that may help you to determine whether or not the Milliard is a good fit for your child.
Are You Looking For Something Organic-like?
This mattress doesn’t quite make it into our “organic” category, but it is made with a lot of non-toxic components. For starters, it’s hypoallergenic which means that there is nothing in the mattress that is going to make your child’s allergies flare up. It’s also made with CertiPUR-US certified foam and no harsh flame retardants.
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Are You On A Budget?
Although this mattress does have organic-like properties, it does not come with the same price tag that an organic mattress would. I would say that a mattress with this many features is a steal for this price.
Isn’t Waterproof The Best?
I don’t know about you, but I love waterproof covers. The Milliard has a wonderful waterproof cover that I tested out. If you take a look at the video, you can see that the water does not seep through, and I filled it up with quite a bit of water. This makes for very easy cleaning after an accident or spill.
Need Help With Co-Sleep Habit Breaking?
Our babies like to be comfortable and once they have started sleeping in our comfortable beds, they don’t want to sleep on anything else. The Milliard is made with memory foam, which makes this mattress even more comfortable than most other mattresses. This will also make the transition from co-sleeping to independent sleeping a breeze.
The Milliard memory foam crib mattress is a pretty great mattress, other than the smell when you first open it. It has some of the same features an organic mattress would at a quarter of the price and it’s CertiPUR-US certified. Not only that, but it also gives your child the support they need for proper development and a comfortable night of sleep. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an affordable mattress that is healthier and more comfortable than other traditional mattresses.
The Milliard Crib Specs
|Memory foam and Polyester||No||1 week|
|Firmness Level for Baby (Scale of 1-10)||Firmness Level for Toddler||Weight||Warranty|
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it work in all cribs?
It will fit in any US standard sized crib. This mattress measures 27.5” x 52” x 5.5”.
Is a protector needed?
Since the mattress is waterproof, it isn’t really necessary, but if you want to protect the longevity of it, Pads/protectors may be a good option.
Does it work on convertible cribs?
Yes, this crib mattress will work on a convertible crib, as long as it is a USA standard size.