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
|Store||Diaper Exchange Policy|
|Target||Return with receipt unopened for full refund|
|Walmart||Return with receipt unopened for full refund|
|Costco||Return open or unopened with or without receipt if you are a member|
|Sam’s Club||Return open or unopened with or without receipt if you are a member|
|Meijer||Return with or without receipt|
|BJ’s Wholesale Club||Return open or unopened with or without receipt if you are a member|
|Amazon||Return without receipt|
|Big Lots||Return unopened with receipt|
|Walgreens||Return opened or unopened, get refund with receipt and store credit without|
|Buybuy Baby||Return 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.
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.
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.
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?
|Size||Weight Range||Age Range||Approximate # of Packs|
|Preemie||Less than 6 pounds||Premature birth||If you have a preemie, how many you need will depend on how early they were born.|
|Newborn||Less than 10 pounds||Birth-1 month||1-2 packs if needed|
|1||8-14 pounds||Birth-4 months||11-13 packs|
|2||12-18 pounds||3-8 months||12-15 packs|
|3||16-28 pounds||6-24 months||25 packs|
|4||22-37 pounds||18-36 months||15-17 packs|
|5||27 pounds and over||3 years and older||Depends on potty training|
|6||35 pounds and over||4 years and older||Depends on potty training|
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.
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.
Kristy is the mother of four, including identical twins. With a background in education and research, she is constantly learning more about parenting and raising multiples. When she has spare time, she enjoys hiking into the woods with a great book to take a break.