Duluth Moms, it is Finally Here: Target’s Car Seat Trade-In

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The time has come, right now is the first time since becoming a mom that I have a car seat needing to be recycled. The Target car seat trade-in event started April 5th and will go through April 17th, 2021. I loaded my car seat in my car and drove to the store. Keep reading for my experience, and for new baby equipment ideas!

When I arrived at the store, I walked the car seat and base into Target expecting to stop at the customer service counter, hand it over, and receive a voucher of some sort in return. Well, these expectations dated me a bit…it is now 2021 and scanning codes and loading things directly to your phone is the new way of doing things.

target car seat trade in

There are bins between the Bullseye section (also known as the “dollar section”) and self-checkouts.

  1. Put your used, damaged, or expired car seat in the bin provided. I had so many feelings flow through me as I set the infant carrier in the bin.  I hovered for a bit before fully releasing it. It felt good to get the heavy dinosaur out of the basement. I no longer have to trip over it or move it to reach things I need. On the flip side, the car seat was supposed to protect at least one more baby before expiring, due to miscarriages and secondary infertility this wasn’t able to happen.
  2. Follow the instructions on the posted signs – Open your Target app, scan the barcode provided, and then check the “wallet” in your app. With that being said, if you are planning on letting a friend or family member use your voucher, make sure they are the ones who bring in the car seat and scan the barcode in their own app on their phone. {You will not be able to transfer the deal.}
  3. Head to the baby section of the store and shop – your voucher is good until May 1st, 2021. The voucher is good to use towards stroller and travel systems, car seats and bases, high chairs, bouncers and rockers, and play yards and swings. We recommend reading the Terms of Use before choosing your item, just so you aren’t surprised at check-out.

Here are some of the hot Target baby items that moms are currently raving about:

Car Seats

The Chicco KeyFit is the most talked-about infant carrier seat in the Duluth Mom Community + Conversation Facebook group.

Britax Click-Tight is the convertible seat my family used with our daughter, she stayed in the seat until she was 5 years old, so it was definitely worth the price!

When we needed to move up a stage, we decided on the Graco Tranzitions and the two-pack of Diono boosters.  We left one Diono at grandma’s, and one in our least used car, and I have the Graco in our main car. The word on the street is that if you need to fit three car seats across one bench seat in your vehicle, Diono is a slim fit and the way to go!

Strollers, Travel Systems and Playards

Jeep Wrangler Stroller Wagon

Baby Trend

Evenflo Play Away Portable Playard

Bouncers Rockers and Swings

Wow, have the 4moms RockaRoos come down in price since my daughter was born! So many moms swear by these, but personally, I was thankful I borrowed one from a friend before I purchased one. My daughter did not care for it, and I used it only when I was desperate for a shower. The Baby Bjorn is one of the most raved about bouncers in mom groups right now.

High Chairs

Stokke Tripp Trapp My daughter is 5.5 and is still using the chair every single day.  It adjusts to fit the different stages of childhood and holds up to 300 lbs making it perfect for an extra chair at the table. We were able to choose a color that coordinates with our furniture, and it is so easy to wipe down.

Chicco Baby Hook-On Chair for camping, traveling, and space-saving

 

** Disclaimer** We are not certified car seat technicians or medical professionals.  Always use baby equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions and be aware of recalls.  Always consult with your child’s pediatrician with questions pertaining to sleep and feeding. 

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A lake girl at heart, Andrea is thrilled to be a Minnesota resident once again! Originally from the Iron Range, she has called North Dakota home for nearly the last decade. She moved to the area this past November with her husband Yu, their two year old daughter Charlee, and their chihuahua rescue named Tink. Her passions include: her dear friends, feel good music, great food, philanthropy, volunteerism, hunger relief, hospitality, event planning and most importantly...coffee!! You will find her scoping out local coffee shops, with or without Charlee, any and every day of the week! You can follow her on Instagram @andrea_coffeeholic

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