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The Next Target Car Seat Trade-In Starts in April 2024 — Here's What We Know

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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.

Target runs this two-week event every year in April (and sometimes in September). During this time, you can bring your old car seat or booster seat into your local participating Target store in exchange for a 20% off baby coupon. As long as you’re a Target Circle member, you can drop off your old item, scan the QR code, and score 20% off your next baby purchase at Target.

The best part? You can stack your car seat trade-in coupon with your RedCard savings and other car seat deals happening at Target. You can even stack it with your 15% off Target baby registry completion coupon!

Since Target started this event in 2016, they’ve recycled over two million car seats — nearly 33 million pounds of materials.

the next Car Seat Trade-In will happen in April 2024, and we laid out everything you need to know to make the most of the event:


The next Target Car Seat Trade-In is predicted to start on Sunday, April 7, 2024, and run for 13 days.

target shopping cart with convertible car seats to be returned at car seat trade-in event

Target usually starts the event one week after Easter Sunday. Based on past events in April 2023 and 2021, we predict the next Target Car Seat Trade-In will run from Sunday, April 7 through Saturday, April 20, 2024. During this time, you can bring your old car seat into your local Target store in exchange for a 20% off coupon to use on a future baby purchase.

These were the Target Car Seat Trade-In dates from the last three years:

  • 2023: Sunday, April 16 – Saturday, April 29
  • 2022: Sunday, September 11 – Saturday, September 24
  • 2021: Sunday, April 4 – Saturday, April 17

In 2022, Target ran their Car Seat Trade-In in September instead of April. But since we already saw an April 2023 event, we don’t expect another event for September 2023. In fact, Target themselves say they won’t run another event until April 2024 on their website.


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 free 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.

person scanning 20% circle offer at target car seat trade-in event

During the Target Car Seat Trade-In 2024, 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 Offers
  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.

A woman shopping in the Car Seat aisle at Target.

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 offers 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.

target car seat trade-in box with 20% off circle offer signage in store

After the event ends on April 20, you have two weeks to use your 20% Circle coupon before it expires. In 2024, your coupon should be good to use through Saturday, May 4.

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.

This 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 RedCard.


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