Editor's note: For the most recent Target car seat trade-in program, check out the details in our updated story here.


When you're a mama on the move, safe car seats are a necessity but can be a budget-buster, especially if you have multiple kiddos or cars. Luckily, Target is here for us.

Target is bringing back their popular car seat trade-in program from April 5 — April 17.

Just bring your old car seat to the recycling drop boxes near Guest Services and you'll score a coupon for 20% off a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller. Oh, and the coupon can also be applied to select baby gear, such as high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers.

Target says the coupon can be applied to both in-store and online purchases through May 1, 2021, and it can be combined with other item offers.

With the exception of some small-format stores, all Targets will be taking car seats between April 5 and 17. (You can find a participating store near you here.)

Since 2016, Target has held several of these car seat trade-in events in an effort to help parents recycle the seats, which are not eligible for curbside recycling and take up a lot of space when sent to landfills. The retailer hands over all the old car seats to Waste Management and the materials are recycled to make grocery carts, plastic buckets and construction materials like steel beams. More than 14.4 million pounds of car seats have been recycled through the program.

The event is really a win-win—we get to keep our kids safe while giving the car seats that protected them a second life. Just another reason to love Target.

[A version of this post was originally published on April 18, 2018. It has been updated.]