Target’s New Car Seat Trade-In Program is All Kinds of Awesome

Target is giving us yet another reason to adore their stores.

Thanks to their new car seat trade-in program, parents can get rid of old car seats they can’t use anymore in exchange for a 20% discount on a new one. Seats and bases that have been outgrown, in an accident, or just plain expired all qualify.

The program, which runs from April 22nd – May 5th, is in partnership with Waste Management who plans to turn all of that sticky icky into recycled goods like plastic buckets, grocery carts and construction materials. So, you not only get to clear your house of baby gear that’s been taking up loads of space, you also get to feel good about yourself because you’re recycling that shit!

All car seat brands are being accepted at the Target Take Back recycling areas at participating stores. So all you have to do is bring in a car seat you don’t need anymore, leave it in the designated recycling area and then get your coupon for 20% off.

The coupon is good for any car seat you purchase in store or at – but only until May 5th, so you’ll want to be ready to choose! Like you haven’t already spent many many hours perusing the aisles of Target. No? Just me?

Either way – I love this initiative so much because it means Target will join the ranks of other businesses aiming to keep car seat materials out of landfills.

In fact, since the first round of trade-ins, over 2.5 million pounds of car seat materials have been kept out of landfills, which is pretty darn wonderful. That’s a hell of a lot of Cheerio dust in those used car seats.

Good work, Target!


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  • I bought a new toddler seat online, and then heard about this the next day! I’m hoping I can still take advantage with some tricksy returnses.

  • We just used our coupon online this week. I was worried that it wouldn’t apply because the one we picked out was on sale but they gave us an additional 20% off the sale price.

  • I called my local Target and corporate office and was told the coupon does don’t come with and on line code. The coupon is only good for in store purchases. This does me no good. My local store is small and only has 3 or 4 car seat in store. None of which I wish to buy.

    • I have the coupon in my possession. It clearly states you can use online and I in fact purchased a travel system with stroller, car seat, and base yesterday online and it worked for me. Not only that, I also added an extra base to my online order and 20% also came off of that.

    • I *JUST* picked up my coupon from in store and purchased the carseat I’ve been eyeballing (it was already in my cart ready to go!) on There is a code on the coupon.

    • I just traded in my old carseat last night and was given a coupon. There is an Online Code you can punch in for the discount on — even the frontdesk lady showed me how to. So I guess I’m confused why they would tell you no. Luckily, I just purchased mine at the store but if I didnt, I would have purchased online forsure.

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