How to Pull Up the Sides on a Cosco Play Yard

By Rebecca Blackburn
Play yards make an excellent portable crib.

Play yards are safe havens for infants to spend time, and are also known as playpens or pack 'n plays. They can allow babies to play and amuse themselves in a safe, enclosed place. They can also be used as a portable crib, and the Cosco Play Yard is particularly easy to carry around wherever your baby may need a nap. The Cosco Play Yard is relatively easy to set up and take down; pulling up the sides is the most important step in both the setup and breakdown of the Cosco Play Yard.

Setting Up the Cosco Play Yard

Stand the folded up play yard on its legs. Pull on opposite corners to separate the legs.

Pull the strap or handle up on the center lock and keep it raised until all four side rails are locked into place. Lock the four side rails into place using your other hand by pulling up in the center of the rail until you hear a click, signifying that the rail has locked. The sides may be locked in any order.

Once all side rails are locked into place, push down on the center lock. Add the floor board that came with the Cosco Play Yard prior to placing your infant in the Play Yard; align the hook-and-loop straps to obtain the proper fit.

Taking Down the Play Yard

Remove the straps on the floor board and remove the floor board. Pull the strap on the center lock and raise halfway up.

Take either of the longer side rails and squeeze the lock on the center of the rail. Pull up slightly, then push down. Take the other long side rail and squeeze the lock on the center, then pull up slightly and push down on that rail, as well.

Take either of the shorter side rails and squeeze the lock on the center of the rail. Pull up slightly, then push down that side rail. Take the other short rail and squeeze the lock on the center, then pull up slightly and push down the final side rail.

Once each of the side rails are unlocked, pull the tab on the center lock and lift all the way up. Wrap the floor board around the play yard to securely store the play yard.

Tip

If the locks on the side rails fail to release, lift the strap on the center lock and lift the center rack higher.

Warning

Do not leave toys, blankets or pillows in the play yard while infant is sleeping in it. Follow all safety guidelines.

About the Author

Rebecca Blackburn began writing professionally in 2006. Her writing has been featured in the University of Central Florida Counseling Clinic handbook. Blackburn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in legal studies and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Central Florida.