I have a Graco Lauren Drop side Convertible crib. The mattress is currently set on the lowest setting as far as I can tell but my son at 8 1/2 months is already a head taller than the railing. Is there any way to lower the mattress more? Can I buy extra parts to do so? I just feel like it should be lower.
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Graco is not a manufacturer of cribs, they sell their name to crib makers. Currently, LaJobi is the maker of Graco cribs, and they offer a Lauren crib (which was recalled!). But, you say this crib is 7 years old? That is before LaJobi made their cribs (I think). Check the labeling on the crib (on the headboard, under the mattress) and see if the actual manufacturer is listed. If you are looking to replace a plastic part for the drop side, then I recommend you don't bother and just get rid of the crib. Those plastic parts are connected to the drop side by screws, and removing and replacing a screw into wood makes the wood weaker in that area. You take the chance it will never be tight and if it falls off in the middle of the night, that could be a deadly consequence for your baby. That is why so many cribs are being recalled now. The drop side hardware breaks, parts get lost, and for a few unfortunates, this results in a child dying. Check the label, see who makes it and whether or not it was recalled as shown in this link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10212.html
Most if not all of the simplicity brand cribs have been recalled reguardless of whether they had wood or metal mattress supports.
There were 2 different recalls on the wood version but both were recalled for the drop-side issues.
This link specifically includes the Aspen 3 in 1 cribs and model #: 8740
We took ours to our local walmart last summer (we purchased it in a different state almost 8 years ago). I brought to cpsc report with me. They had not issue with the recalled information we has matching it to our crib. It did take the clerk a bit to find our crib in their system because it was older, but once she did we recieved a full refund, without a receipt.
As far as changing them to a toddler bed. When we converted ours to a toddler bed we simply removed the drop-side from the crib. The drop-side parts can be unscrewed from the side rails. Then we screwed the toddler rails to the bottom of the crib. Ours had screw holds for the toddler rails on the mattress support. If you do not have the holes for it, then you may have put the mattress support on backwards ie with the side that has the holes for the toddler bed rails on the backside of the crib.
I have posted the instructions in an album on photobucket. I believe you can print them from there. To get to them, go to photobucket.com and in the website only search field (not the web search) type emilykenepp and change the search from images to people. It should bring up my profile and under albums I have an album called Graco Lauren Crib Assembly Instructions. Click on that and you're good to go! Pages 10 and 11 are for conversions. If you have any further need, the number for LaJobi is 1-888-266-2848 and the number for Graco is 1-800-345-4109.
This site has instructions for the cribs listed below.The 1st two listed seem to be generic cribs with a metal mattress support. It worked for my used crib. www.milliondollarbaby.com/help.milliondollarbaby.com/ *For cribs with snap-in spring hangers hooks & metal mattress support.w/ spring hanger hdware. *For cribs w/ bolt-in metal hdware for metal mattress supportw/ metal hdware. For cribs with Safety Glide nylon(rodless) hardware Sleigh Convertible 3001 Crib Sleigh Convertible 3091 Crib - Safety Glide Jenny Lind Crib Ashley/Alexandria Crib (1 piece headboard) +Day bed info. Ashley/Alexandria Crib (3-piece headboard) +Day bed info Lauren Crib) +Day bed info Emily Crib (One piece headboard)) +Day bed info Emily Crib (Four-piece headboard)) +Day bed info Mini Emily Crib Anastasia Crib Bridget Crib Valerie Crib) +Day bed info Bailey Crib ) +Day bed info Ellie Crib Day bed and full bed info Kalani Crib Day bed and full bed info Bordeaux Crib Day bed and full bed info Annabelle Mini Crib Italian Cribs-Metal Barrel Nut Italian Cribs-Nylon Nut Canopy cribs with snap-in spring hanger hardware Canopy cribs with metal bolt-in hardware