If you own a Cosco 2 in 1 Convertible Crib, you may be concerned about putting the crib together correctly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends several safety precautions when assembling cribs, as improperly equipped or assembled cribs may result in serious harm to a child. A few strategies will help you put together your Cosco crib correctly with the safety of your child in mind.
Read All Instructions
Make sure you read and understand all crib assembly instructions before you attempt to put the crib together. All facets of crib assembly may not be clear until you have read the instructions a few times. If you are unsure about any part of the instructions, contact the Cosco customer service number at 1-800-544-1108.
Review Crib Parts
Look over the parts to the crib carefully, noting where there may be problems with the crib's paint or stained finish. Make sure you have all of the hardware as described in the instruction manual before you begin assembly. If you are missing any part or piece, contact the Cosco customer service number.
Ensure the mattress fits the crib by measuring it ahead of purchase. Make sure the mattress is not too small. A child can be trapped, and possibly harmed, if there is a gap between the edge of the mattress and the side of the crib.
Also consider the height of the mattress. According to Consumer Reports, "The higher levels make it easier to take your infant out of the crib but become dangerous when your child is able to pull herself to a standing position. Before your child reaches that stage—at around 6 months—the mattress should be at its lowest setting."
After you have assembled the crib according to the instructions in the Cosco manual, inspect the assembled crib for loose springs or hardware. Make sure the rails click firmly into place.
Do not allow items such as toys, extra blankets or pillows in the assembled crib. According to Consumer Reports, "If you do use a bumper, choose one that is thin, firm, and made of mesh, not one that is puffy or padded. It should fit around the entire crib and it should be secured in several places by ties or snaps."