Exchanging Diapers Without Receipt: List of Store Policies

Diapers are essential when you have a little one, but sometimes you end up with diapers you don’t need. Whether you received the wrong size or you are simply partial to a certain brand, there will be times you have to return diapers to the store.

Can I exchange diapers without a receipt? Whether or not you can exchange diapers without a receipt depends on the store with which you are dealing. Every store has its own diaper-exchange policy that addresses whether a receipt is required and if diapers can be taken back if the package has already been opened.

Knowing the exchange policy for each store in your area will help you decide where you want to purchase diapers for the most convenience.

Diaper Exchange – What To Know

When you need to exchange diapers, know the guidelines so you get as much money back or store credit as possible.

Can You Exchange Unopened Diapers Anywhere?

For the most part, you can exchange unopened diapers at any store. If they are unopened and the package is intact, there’s no reason for a store to refuse to exchange them for a different size.

Can You Exchange Diapers for a Different Brand?

Yes, you can exchange diapers for a different brand that you prefer. Once the store agrees to take the diapers you are exchanging, you can then pick out any other brand that you want. 

Diaper Exchange Policy of Popular Stores

StoreDiaper Exchange Policy
TargetReturn with receipt unopened for full refund
WalmartReturn with receipt unopened for full refund
CostcoReturn open or unopened with or without receipt if you are a member
Sam’s ClubReturn open or unopened with or without receipt if you are a member
MeijerReturn with or without receipt
BJ’s Wholesale ClubReturn open or unopened with or without receipt if you are a member
AmazonReturn without receipt
Big LotsReturn unopened with receipt
WalgreensReturn opened or unopened, get refund with receipt and store credit without
Buybuy BabyReturn unopened with receipt

Diaper Exchange Target

If you want a full refund or an easy exchange, you need to bring your receipt and your unopened diapers with you to Target. You also need to make sure to exchange the diapers within the 90-day window Target sets for returns.

Walmart Diaper Exchange

Walmart only accepts unopened diapers for return. You will also need your receipt and to return the diapers within 90 days of purchase. Walmart will not accept opened diapers for exchange.

Costco Exchange Policy

You can return opened or unopened diapers to Costco with or without the receipt. However, you need to be a member if you don’t have a receipt.

If you’re not a member because the diapers were a gift, then you will need to contact the person who gave them to you and ask for their assistance with the return.

Sam’s Club Diapers

Sam’s Club has a policy similar to Costco, so you don’t need a receipt if you are a member who purchased the item. They will take unopened or opened items.

Meijer Diapers

Within 90 days of purchase, you should be able to return diapers to Meijer with or without a receipt. Unopened diapers can definitely be accepted, and opened can be accepted at the discretion of the Meijer employee.

BJ’s Exchange Policy

You can return diapers opened or unopened, with or without a receipt, as long as you are a member at BJ’s. 

Amazon Diaper Exchange

Amazon does not require receipts to return items, and that includes diapers. Ideally, the diapers will be unopened, but they can usually be returned if they have been opened as well. They just need to be undamaged.

Big Lots Exchange Policy

Diapers should be unopened and accompanied by a receipt to return them to Big Lots. You have 30 days from the date of purchase to make the return.

Walgreens Diapers

You can return items from Walgreens for 30 days with a receipt and get a refund. The diapers can be opened or unopened. Without a receipt, you can still receive store credit for up to 60 days after the date of purchase.

Buybuy Baby Diapers

Buybuy Baby would like you to bring a receipt to return or exchange diapers, and you have 90 days after the date of purchase to make returns. Diapers should be unopened.

Several boxes of baby diapers of various brands and sizes.

How To Exchange Diapers From Baby Shower

Hopefully, the guests at your baby shower gave you gift receipts so you can return any items you don’t need. However, you may be able to exchange diapers even if a receipt wasn’t offered.

Many stores will let you return unopened diapers without a receipt. However, if the diapers were bought from a wholesale club like Costco or Sam’s Club, you will need a receipt or the member number of the person who gave them to you.

Feel free to ask the giver for help if you do need this information.

How Many Diapers of Each Size Will You Need?

SizeWeight RangeAge RangeApproximate # of Packs
PreemieLess than 6 poundsPremature birthIf you have a preemie, how many you need will depend on how early they were born.
NewbornLess than 10 poundsBirth-1 month1-2 packs if needed
18-14 poundsBirth-4 months11-13 packs
212-18 pounds3-8 months12-15 packs
316-28 pounds6-24 months25 packs
422-37 pounds18-36 months15-17 packs
527 pounds and over3 years and olderDepends on potty training
635 pounds and over4 years and olderDepends on potty training

Related Questions: 

Can You Return Opened Diapers to Walmart?

You cannot return opened diapers to Walmart. You must return them unopened to get a refund or exchange them.

Where Can I Donate Diapers?

You can use The National Diaper Bank Network to look up who is taking diapers in your area. This will allow you to donate diapers you can’t return to those who need them.

Final Thoughts

You are going to need a lot of diapers in those early years, so make sure you know how to return or exchange them when your child needs a different size or brand.