Toys R Us wants your old baby products, gives discount in return

If you're a parent or expecting, Toys R Us is offering a chance to trade in old baby products and get a discount on new models. The three week "Great Trade-In" event starts Friday, January 29 and ends February 20, at both Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores.

Just bring in your old, broken, dusty or outdated baby item and get 25% off a new one in any of the product categories covered including: cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs and toddler beds.

This is a reprise of a similar event run by Toys R Us in September 2009. During that time, the retailer took in approximately 55,000 items, most of which were in unusable condition.

According to Nancy Cowles, executive director of the not-for-profit Kids in Danger, it's a great opportunity to for parents to replace potentially dangerous baby products with safe ones.

"We've had about seven million cribs recalled," says Cowles. "Ten million sleep products if you include bassinets and portable beds." That's a huge number of unsafe baby products to retrieve from homes, and exchanges such as the Toys R Us program go a long way to help, she says.