Target Baby Registry Return Policy (What You Need To Know)

Target’s baby registry is a useful service to curate a list of essential items you’ll need in preparation for your baby’s due date and to communicate what gifts you’d like to receive at your baby shower.

However, babies are full of surprises and can leave you with items that are no longer needed. So, you may be wondering – what is Target’s baby registry return policy? Here’s what I’ve found out!

Target Baby Registry Return Policy

Target accepts returns of unopened and unused baby registry items within one year of the baby’s due date. Items purchased will be refunded via merchandise return cards, whereas gifts will be refunded via Target gift cards. Use the barcode from or Target Registry app for returns.

If you want to learn more about how Target’s baby registry works, whether gift-givers receive notifications on any returns and whether you can return items without a receipt, keep on reading!

How Can You Return Baby Registry Items At Target?

You will have one year from the due date (or event date as Target calls it) to return items from your baby registry checklist, with returns being processed using unique barcodes.

According to Target’s policy, products should be returned to Target stores unopened or in new condition.

You can use a desktop, smartphone, or tablet to access your barcode on by following these steps:

  • Log in to your Target account and head to the baby registry page under the ‘Registry’ tab
  • Start returning items using the tab on the left-hand side of the homepage
  • Specify your local store and receive your unique barcode

Note that barcodes are only valid at the store and date you selected and that you should bring along a valid government-issued photo ID for verification purposes.

Also, baby registry items marked as purchased will be refunded in the form of a merchandise return card. For gifted items, refunds will be issued via Target gift cards.

How Can You Return Baby Registry Items Using The Target App?

To make life on the go a little easier, you can start returning items using the Target Registry app.

To do so, select ‘Make a Return’ from the main menu to generate your unique barcode.

When you visit the store, make sure you bring a government-issued photo ID (such as a passport or driver’s license).

Can You Return Used Baby Registry Items To Target?

Target’s standard baby registry policy states that all items must be brand new, unopened, and in their original packaging with any additional features.

However, cashiers usually honor products that arrive defective or broken when you provide a return barcode or receipt.

Additionally, Target reserves the right to deny any returns that do not meet its policy requirements.

Can You Return Baby Registry Items Without A Receipt At Target?

Can You Return Baby Registry Items Without A Receipt At Target?

You can return baby registry items to Target without a receipt provided the items are listed on your baby registry list, and you have the return barcode generated online or through the Target Registry app.

However, if you cannot produce a barcode and have lost the original receipt, there are plenty of other ways to authenticate your purchase.

For instance, Target can look up transactions made via Target RedCards (debit, credit, Target MasterCard), American Express, Visa, regular MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

In case you are unable to provide proof of your purchase, you may be refunded the lowest current value of that item in the form of a merchandise return card that you can use in-store.

Will The Gift Giver Know If You Return A Baby Registry Item To Target?

If you decide to return or exchange a gift purchased from your baby registry list, the giver will not be notified of the return.

Gifts are simply exchanged for another item or refunded onto a Target gift card.

What Are The Benefits Of Target’s Baby Registry?

Target’s baby registry supports soon-to-be parents in the lead-up to their baby’s birth.

Upon signup, you’ll receive a free welcome kit (worth $150 or more) filled with helpful products for you and your baby.

Working around your pregnancy, Target offers a 15% baby registry coupon on anything left on your checklist 8 weeks before the due date.

Additionally, you’ll receive various deals on essential baby products throughout the pregnancy, such as baby clothes, wipes, diapers, toys, formula, and much more.

Although you can use a universal registry to add items you need from other websites, Target coupons and discounts will not apply to those items.

Friends and family can also chip into your checklist by selecting which items they’d like to give you.

The gift tracker will help you keep on top of what you currently have (and don’t have).

If you plan on purchasing other products from Target as a soon-to-be parent, you might also be interested in reading about the Target baby formula return policy, the Target car seat return policy, and the Target breast pump return policy.


Customers will have one year from their baby’s due date to return any unsatisfactory products purchased from their baby registry checklist.

The returned items must be unopened, unused, and with all additional accessories. You can show your return barcode from or the Target Registry app to receive a store credit refund or exchange.

Barcodes are exclusive to the store and date you selected.

Photo of author

Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

Leave a Comment