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You're not alone. If you do every step perfectly then it's a breeze. Most of us are human and don't... This frequently results in a major pain.
Most travel cribs print the directions on the pad that lines the bottom of the crib. Unfortunately, this still isn't much help. I'm going to assume that you're like most of us- you've read the directions and you still can't get the thing to cooperate!
I fought with my Graco travel crib many times before I discovered a few secrets:
- Follow the directions precisely, even if a step seems a bit odd.
- If you get going on it and mess up (or it just won't stay up), give it up and start over again from step 1.
- Before you start, make sure that it's completely collapsed. It may look like it is, when it isn't. Here's how you check:
There should be at least one handle near the middle of each top pole that can be squeezed (longer sides sometimes have two). Feel your way across the top pole until you find each lever and squeeze it. This will collapse the pole into two (or more) sections.
Make certain that the poles remain collapsed as you pull the center handle (center of crib where matress will go) towards the sky and squish the whole thing together like you're putting it back in the box (or carrying case.) Now we're ready to start!
1) Gently begin to unfold/open the crib as you hang onto the handle in the center.
2) Continue to hold the center handle with one hand. With the other hand, lift each top pole until it locks into one "solid" pole. NOTE: This is trickier than it sounds! If the center handle drops even half-way down then you won't be able to get all poles to lock and you'll have to start over again.
3) Only after all four top poles have been locked, can you push down the center handle. This will spread the bottom into one flat piece and finish locking everything in place.
Good News!: It's all downhill from here!
4) Put a sheet on the "mattress", if desired.
Otherwise, just unfold it and place it in the bottom of the crib. There are some strange little velcro tabs on the sides of the mattress. These fit down the slits in the bottom of the crib and attach to the underside. This step is important as it keeps the mattress in place and helps to reduce the risk of suffocation.
5) Finally, assemble the canopy, locate all the little snaps on the side, and snap on the accessories.
Whew! Take a deep breath... you did it!
Congratulations on your baby! Enjoy!
As far as we know, none of the Kinderkraft cribs have been recalled. The recall is in regards to the plastic hand release type hardware which Kinderkraft was not using. As for the changing pad, I would recommend searching online for companies that sale changing table pads.
There are several ways to approach this.
1) Go to the store where you purchased it and tell them what has happened.
2) Go to several on-line places (such as parents talk) post it everywhere so that other parents will know...such as you did on this site.
3) Contact DaVinci (the makers of the crib) and let them know,so that they can put warning stickers on future products.
4) Go and buy bumperpads...as this is what they will all tell you to do anyway. This is sad but true. Many makers will offer this as the only solution...and yet,every year we hear more talk about how bumper pads are dangerous as babies become trapped by them,suffocated by them,etc.
5)You could hire a lawyer...but I think it would be a waste of your time and money to do so.
However,you have already made the first step as I said above. You DID tell someone! Everyone reading these posts now know that this crib could be harmful to their children.
As a parent,I thank you.
I know this question was asked last year, but I thought I'd answer for those having this come up on a Google search. I was missing the Bars that go to the bassinet part of my pack n play, as well as the changing table attachment. I called Graco to order replacement parts. They looked up my Model and Serial number for me. They stated they had the metal bars, but not the changing table attachment. My Pack n play was purchased brand new in 2008. Here is thier number 800-345-4109
Nope still couldn't get it following the instructions....Finally figured it out. start with the 3 plastic rings fully assembled on the saucer. Then you need to pull the fabric over the top of the upper plastic ring and then feed the elastic through between the upper ring and the middle ring from the outside to the center through the 1/4 inch space and then attach the elastic bands to the hook point. The fabric needs to be surrounding the upper plastic ring such that your child will not rest against the plastic directly with their head. the plastic tabs are really only for reinforcement, even though they fit perfectly and snap right in the the middle ring (took me a while to get over that).
I have the opposite problem - I can put it together as a toddler bed. The trick with that is that you put one of the long screws through both the hole at the SHORT end of the toddler bed side AND the metal flange from the springs into that end of the crib. The other long screw goes through the raised end of the toddler side into the end of the crib - where the child's head would be.
Is there supposed to be a plastic piece at the top of both ends of the crib on the side that does NOT go up and down? I can't seem to figure out how to put the crib side on.
They do have answers on their website, you may want to check your printed or online crib instructions to remind yourself how you put the crib together, too.
I found the answers here: http://www.pali-design.com/index.php?path=customer_services&template=faq§ion=customer_services&subsection=faq&page=faq
i've pasted them below. You can make it a toddler bed without a side rail just by removing the movable side of your crib, and you can install the side rail instead of the movable side if you want it to look a little more finished and help keep your child from rolling out of the bed.
How to convert a crib into a toddler bed To
convert a crib into a toddler bed you must loosen the two front gold
bolts left and right side of the crib and remove the dropside (the
front gate that goes up and down). After removing the dropside be very
careful that you tighten back your two gold bolts.
How to install the streight rail (toddler rail) To install a streight (toddler) rail
loosen the two front gold bolts left and right side of the crib and
remove the dropside, once you have removed the dropside replace with
the streight rail. Always be very careful and make sure you tighten
back your two gold bolts in the front.