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Get Ready for Target’s Annual Car Seat Trade-In Event

Find out how Target's annual car seat trade-in event will work this year, including what items you can trade in and when the event ends.

Updated April 11, 2024

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One of the best things about having your “village” along with you on your parenting journey is that Target is also there. Not just because they have Starbucks in the store, the best Dollar Spot ever, and endless throw pillows that bring you joy when filling the rest of your cart with diapers and wipes. But also because Target’s annual car seat trade-in for 2024 legit makes our lives much easier. And guess what, Mama? It’s happening this month!

Target’s Annual Car Seat Trade-In Event: How It Works

During Target’s car seat trade-in this year, you can get a 20% off bonus for a new seat, stroller, and other items. Here’s how it works:

  • Bring an old car seat or base to your nearest Target and drop it off in the designated box inside the store.
  • Scan the QR code on the box via the Target app on your mobile device and tap “Add to Target Circle Bonus.”
  • Use your Target app to find your 20% off bonus in your Wallet.
  • Apply the bonus to your next qualifying purchase.

Visit Target in person or online for more information.

Other Important Information About Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Event

Here are some other things to know about Target’s annual car seat trade-in for 2024:

When Is the Event?

The event runs from Sunday, April 14, through Saturday, April 27.

What Can You Trade In?

You can drop off all kinds of car seats. This includes any infant car seat, convertible car seat, car seat base, or harness or booster car seat — even if the item is expired or damaged. Target will take it and recycle it, and you’ll still get 20% off for trading in any one of these! (See? This is the VILLAGE.)

What Can You Buy With Your 20% off Bonus?

Lots of things! According to, participants can shop in person or online and use their discount code to purchase a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, or stroller. You can also use it on select baby home gear, which includes playards, high chairs, swings, bouncers, rockers, walkers, entertainers, and jumpers.

When Does the Coupon Expire?

You can shop with your 20% off code until Saturday, May 11. And as a bonus, the coupon can be combined with other offers and redeemed TWICE! (Note: You will get one bonus per Target Circle account.)

Why Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Is So Important

First of all, Target is helping us purge our homes of unwanted or unusable items. And they’re disposing of these items in an eco-friendly way. “Materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target’s partners to create new products such as pallets, plastic buckets, and construction materials such as steel beams and carpet padding,” according to

Also, this event isn’t new. There’s a good chance, especially if you’re a veteran mom like me, that you’ve participated in this fantastic trade-in before (or at least heard of it). That’s because Target has been running this annual car-seat trade-in event since 2016. They’ve recycled 2.6 million car seats — or 39 million pounds of car seat material.

And that’s why we love them and are so grateful they’re a part of our village. Not only does Target make cleaning out our homes easier and take some of the financial burdens off us when purchasing new and often expensive baby items, but they also work hard to make this planet healthier for our kids.

Target is smart — they know what matters to us. Coupons, and anything else that makes our lives easier and a better world for our children! Their famous annual car seat trade-in event covers all three. And that’s why so many of us are #TargetMomsForLife.

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Karen Johnson is a busy mom of three who is probably driving a child to practice or a game right now. She writes about all things parenthood. Read more

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