How to Set Up and Take Down a Graco Pack N' Play

Updated on May 4, 2018

Setting up a Graco Pack N' Play can feel like you're trying to crack the DaVinci code at times. Sometimes it doesn't fold up as it should because the bars aren't completely folded, and other times you can't even get the bars down to try folding it up. Setting up and taking down a Graco Pack N' Play is a very delicate process that must be done in a very specific way that makes it possible for you to set it up and take it down in a matter of minutes. Check out the video at the bottom of this article for reference.

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Pull up the long sides first and ensure they're locked into place.Pull up the short sides second and ensure they're locked into place.Push down on the metal piece beneath the red pull tab until it's level with the floor of the Graco Pack N' Play.Slide the Velcro tabs through the slots in the two corners and then stick them to the underside of the pack and play.What the Graco Pack N' Play should look like when it's finished.
Pull up the long sides first and ensure they're locked into place.
Pull up the long sides first and ensure they're locked into place. | Source
Pull up the short sides second and ensure they're locked into place.
Pull up the short sides second and ensure they're locked into place. | Source
Push down on the metal piece beneath the red pull tab until it's level with the floor of the Graco Pack N' Play.
Push down on the metal piece beneath the red pull tab until it's level with the floor of the Graco Pack N' Play. | Source
Slide the Velcro tabs through the slots in the two corners and then stick them to the underside of the pack and play.
Slide the Velcro tabs through the slots in the two corners and then stick them to the underside of the pack and play. | Source
What the Graco Pack N' Play should look like when it's finished.
What the Graco Pack N' Play should look like when it's finished. | Source

How Do I Set Up a Graco Pack N' Play?

  1. Remove the Graco Pack N' Play from its carrying case and place the side with two legs and two wheels on the floor. Ensure that the piece connected to the red pull tab is pulled up as high as it can be.
  2. Grab the center of the long bars and then pull up until all the parts of each bar click and lock into place. You shouldn't be able to move any of the pieces on the long bars.
  3. Grab the center of the short bars and then pull up until all the parts of each bar click and lock into place. You shouldn't be able to move any of the pieces on the short bars.
  4. Push the piece connected to the red pull tab down toward the floor. You may have to stop intermittently and adjust the pack and play so you can push the piece connected to the pull tab down further. Continue pushing the piece connected to the red pull tab down until it's even with the bottom of the Graco Pack N' Play.
  5. Place the pad that covers the bottom in the pack and play. Ensure that the corners of the pad with the Velcro tabs in the corners are in the same corners as the slots on the base of the pack and play.
  6. Slide the Velcro tabs through the slots and then fasten them to the fasteners on the bottom of the pack and play.

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Detach the Velcro tab from the two lower corners of the Graco Pack N' Play.The slots the Velcro tabs go through are located in two corners of the pack and play's floor.Remove the pad.Pull up on the red pull tab to pull in the frame of the bottom of the Graco Pack N' Play.The red pull tab should be higher than the bars before you attempt to close the bars.Bring in the two longer bars first.Bring in the two shorter bars second.
Detach the Velcro tab from the two lower corners of the Graco Pack N' Play.
Detach the Velcro tab from the two lower corners of the Graco Pack N' Play. | Source
The slots the Velcro tabs go through are located in two corners of the pack and play's floor.
The slots the Velcro tabs go through are located in two corners of the pack and play's floor. | Source
Remove the pad.
Remove the pad. | Source
Pull up on the red pull tab to pull in the frame of the bottom of the Graco Pack N' Play.
Pull up on the red pull tab to pull in the frame of the bottom of the Graco Pack N' Play. | Source
The red pull tab should be higher than the bars before you attempt to close the bars.
The red pull tab should be higher than the bars before you attempt to close the bars. | Source
Bring in the two longer bars first.
Bring in the two longer bars first. | Source
Bring in the two shorter bars second.
Bring in the two shorter bars second. | Source

How Do I Take Down a Graco Pack N' Play?

  1. Unhook the Velcro tab on the underside of two corners of the Pack N' Play. After you find one of the Velcro tabs, the other one will be in the diagonal corner. Repeat this process for that tab as well.
  2. Position yourself over the top of the Graco Pack N' Play. The pad along the bottom of the pack and play is broken up into four vertical sections. Lift one of the outer pads, pulling the Velcro tab through the slit in the bottom of the pack and play. Repeat this process for the pad on the opposite side.
  3. Lift and remove the pad from along the bottom of the Graco Pack N' Play. In the center of the bottom of the pack and play will be a red pull tab.
  4. Pull the red pull tab up as far as you can until the bars at the top of the pack and play fall down around the frame for the bottom of the pack and play that's pulled up beneath the red pull tab. Locate the buttons on the outside center of all the bars.
  5. Press the two buttons on the outside of the two long sides and then push the center of each side down as far as you can. The bars will break up into a centerpiece and two more pieces on either side of the bar.
  6. Re-position the Graco Pack N' Play so you can reach the two outer buttons on the short bars. Be careful that the pieces of the bars on the long sides don't click back into place. If any of those bars click back into place, you'll need to pop the pack and play back up without the pad and start again.
  7. Press the two buttons on the outside of the two short sides and then push the center of each side down as far as you can. The bars will break up into a centerpiece and two more pieces on either side of the bar.
  8. Pull all of the sides in together and bunch the pack and play up. The Graco Pack N' Play should fit snugly in the carrying case that came with it.

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      • RTalloni profile image

        RTalloni 

        4 months ago from the short journey

        Okay, maybe I'll try it again one day. All I can say about my first time is VIVA MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW! :)

      • Max Dalton profile imageAUTHOR

        Max Dalton 

        6 months ago from Greater St. Louis, Missouri

        Thank you!

      • Lauren Flauding profile image

        Lauren Flauding 

        6 months ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        This is golden! There have been more than a few instances when a pack and play has left me totally bewildered and more than a bit frustrated. These instructions are so thorough, they’re fail proof!

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        Hande 

        3 years ago

        Clear, infeamrtivo, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

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        Manuel 

        3 years ago

        At last! Something clear I can unsddrtane. Thanks!

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        tam 

        5 years ago

        Thank...I'm the mother and not use to setting up and taking stuff down.

      • Max Dalton profile imageAUTHOR

        Max Dalton 

        6 years ago from Greater St. Louis, Missouri

        Hi RTalloni,

        That's no joke, lol. The first couple of times I tried setting this thing up wound up in disaster because no matter what I did, the side rails wouldn't lock out. I think I need to add a note somewhere in this article stressing the importance of getting that center circle piece as high as possible and then working around that.

        And, yes, the cat is having a blast. I edited out the parts where I had to lift her out of the pack and play before most of these shots, and she's always lurking in the background.

        Best,

        Max.

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        RTalloni 

        6 years ago from the short journey

        I've seen these pack and plays make well educated men look and feel like dolts. You made it look easy enough. Love the cat's attitude. :)

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