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Target Car Seat Trade In: How to Score Your 20% Coupon in 2025

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If you’re looking to score top-notch baby deals, the Target Car Seat Trade-In is an event you can’t miss. The next event will likely start on Sunday, April 13 and run through Saturday, April 26, 2025.

Every April, Target lets people trade in their old car seats or booster seats, in exchange for a 20% baby coupon. And this coupon can be combined with other Target deals, such as the Circle Card discount, car seat deals, and the 15% off Target baby registry completion coupon. 

If your kid has grown out of their car seat, this is the best-case scenario; Target takes the old car seat off your hands (and properly recycles it), and you get a high-value Target Circle coupon to use on your next car seat, stroller, or baby gear purchase. 

Target has recycled more than two million car seats since the event started in 2016 — more than 39 million pounds of materials. Ready to add yours to the pile? Here's how you can make the most of the Target Car Seat Trade-In. 

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Target Car Seat Trade-In is an annual event that gives you a 20% off Circle coupon for your old car seat.

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You can’t donate old car seats and throwing them away is no bueno. Instead, Target will take it off your hands during the Target Car Seat Trade-In. If you're a Target Circle member, you’ll walk away with a 20% off baby gear coupon.

KCL predicts the next Target Car Seat Trade-In will start Sunday, April 13, 2025.

A sales calendar showing the next predicted date for the Target car seat trade in event: April 13, 2025

Target's Car Seat Trade-In event will likely start on Sunday, April 13 and run through Saturday, April 26, 2025.

In 2024, the Car Seat Trade-In lasted for 13 days in total. But you could use your 20% coupon for another two weeks after the event ended.

How do we make our prediction?

This promotion usually starts 1 - 2 weeks after Easter Sunday. But in 2025, Easter Sunday doesn't happen until April 20. So based on when the event ran in 2024 (April 14 - 27), we think Target will stick to the same pattern and start the event the Sunday before Easter 2025.

Here's when Target has held the Car Seat Trade-In event over the last few years:

  • Sunday, April 14 - 27, 2024

  • Sunday, April 16 - 29, 2023

  • Sunday, Sept. 11 - 24, 2022

  • Sunday, April 17 - 30, 2022

  • Sunday, Sept. 12 - 25, 2021

Your first step is to join Target Circle (if you’re not already a member).

Only Circle members get to take advantage of the Car Seat Trade-In. When you go to trade in your car seat, you’ll use your Circle account to scan a barcode and claim your 20% off coupon.

Target Circle is basically Target’s rewards program, and it’s essential to getting the best deals at Target. So, the Car Seat Trade-In is just one of the many reasons to sign up for Circle.

Bring in your old car seat to Target and scan the QR code to claim your 20% off Circle coupon.

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During the Target Car Seat Trade-In 2025, swing by your local participating Target store with your old car seat, base, or booster seat in hand. You’ll see a large donation box near Guest Services in the store — that’s where you’ll drop off your old item.

Don’t forget to download the Target app and sign into your Circle account before you head to the store. You’ll need it to claim your coupon.

How to get your Target Car Seat Trade-In Coupon:

  1. Drop off your old car seat in the designated trade-in box

  2. Scan the QR code on the box with your Target app

  3. Find your coupon in the “baby” category under Target Circle Deals

  4. Tap the “+” button to save the coupon to your Circle account

Use your Target car seat coupon on a new car seat, stroller, playard, highchair, or other baby gear.

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You don’t have to use your 20% off coupon on a new car seat after trading in your old one. You can use it to save 20% on a variety of top baby gear at Target.

To maximize your savings, pair your car seat trade-in coupon with baby deals for things already on sale or any other Target Circle deals available. You can totally stack all of these savings to get the best price. If you’re in the market for a new car seat or any eligible baby gear, now’s the time to buy it.

Use your Car Seat Trade-In coupon on any of these items:

The coupon can’t be used on just anything, though. (Sorry, you can’t get 20% off diapers.) Other exclusions include baby clothing and apparel, WonderFold items, items shipped and sold by Target Plus Partners, and clearance items.

After the event, you typically have two weeks to use your 20% off car seat coupon.

After the event ends on April 26, you have two weeks to use your 20% Circle coupon before it expires. In 2025, your coupon should be good to use through Saturday, May 10.

The coupon is redeemable twice, online or in-store. You can only receive one coupon per Target Circle account. So if you’ve got a second car seat that’s collecting dust, consider giving it to a friend or having another household member create a Target Circle account to redeem the trade-in.

Don’t need new baby gear? Trade in your old car seat and use the coupon for a baby shower gift.

a woman shopping for baby items in target

When you can save 20% on top of a huge selection of sale prices, it’s a good enough reason to shop. Even if you don’t need a new car seat or baby gear for your little ones.

You’ll find sale prices on car seats, strollers, and high chairs from top brands like Graco. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop for an upcoming baby shower, or for family and friends who just became parents.

Last year, I was able to use my 15% off Target Baby Registry completion coupon with the 20% off car seat trade-in coupon. I put the savings toward a stroller that was also on sale. Between the two coupons and the sale price, I saved over $100.

And don’t forget you can always save 5% with your Target Circle Card.

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