Minimalist Mom: Ditch the Diaper Bag With These 9 Functional Belt Bags

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I’ve always lusted after the idea of being a minimalist. Have I ever made it happen? Not really. I got pretty close during my span of three big moves in three years. With each move, I sold or donated a big chunk of my belongings, majorly cutting down the amount of stuff in my home.

Then, I had a baby.

My minimalist dreams couldn’t seem further away. All areas of my life were overflowing with stuff. My formerly organized kitchen cabinets are now stuffed with 10 different types of bottles, the play area perpetually looks like a rainbow exploded, and my diaper bag somehow weighs 15 pounds.

Let’s talk more about my diaper bag.

While the rest of my home won’t be a minimalist mecca anytime soon, I do think I can improve my diaper bag situation. In the very early days of motherhood, leaving the house felt impossible. If I was going to do it, it was necessary to pack like I was going away for a week. You know, just in case.

But now, my baby is out of the newborn stage, and though I do still need to be properly prepared, my overflowing diaper bag is a bit excessive. I decided to pare down my bag to see if we could get by with the bare minimum. Instead of packing up my big diaper bag (which is the Classic Diaper Bag by Freshly Picked, which I do really love!), I opted for the modern mom’s fanny pack—a belt bag.

I’m not the first one to think of a belt bag as a diaper bag replacement. Makers behind some of the cult favorite diaper bags—like Fawn Design, Freshly Picked, and Skip Hophave moved into the belt bag space.

 

Why belt bags are great

It forces me to pack super light, it’s hands-free, and it keeps essentials right at my fingertips (I love my diaper backpack, but it’s an effort every time I need to grab something).

And it worked!

For shorter outings, a belt bag with a handful of necessities was perfect. It was a literal weight off my shoulders. These chic and small belt bags are ideal for predictable outings, like going for a walk or out for errands. And for outings that are a drive away, I keep a mini stash of emergency items in the trunk (toys, extra outfits, etc.) When I get out of the car, a belt bag is all I need. It’s also great for flights with kids—it’s the ideal size accessory to bring into an airplane bathroom for diaper changes. 

To be clear though, I’m not getting rid of my real diaper bag anytime soon. A fully stocked bag is still required for some outings. However, I’ve come to learn it’s not necessary to lug it with me every time I leave the house. More often than not, a functional belt bag does the trick. 

While my house may be far from the minimalist haven I dream of, my diaper bag has gotten pretty close.

Here are the best functional and cute belt bags that can double as a diaper bag.

Colugo

The On the Go Organizer

This small bag packs a surprising amount of gear (it even has cup holders!). It can attach to your stroller or be worn as a belt bag or crossbody bag.

Lululemon

Everywhere Belt Bag

This versatile belt bag comes in so many fun color combinations, you might have to get two. This little $38 belt bag will help keep all your necessities within reach.

Fawn Design

The Fawny Pack

If you love the Fawn Design diaper bag like many moms do, this is the next must-own piece. It's made from premium vegan leather and has a main zipper compartment to fit everything from your wallet to diapers and wipes.

Freshly Picked

Park Pack

Freshly Picked calls this the tiny but mighty mamacessory, and we agree! It has a wide-zippered opening, interior card slots, and plenty of space for diapers and wipes.

Happ

Fefe Fanny Pack Set

With three zippered compartments, this made-for-moms belt bag holds everything you need for quick outings.

Kibou

Kibou Belt Bag

Kibou thought of everything when it comes to this belt bag. It comes with built-in (and detachable changing pad) and even has a waterproof pocket for wipes. Multiple colors available.

Patagonia

Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack 1L

If you prefer a sporty look, the Patagonia belt bag is the one for you. It's durable, lightweight (it only weighs 3.5 oz!), and is water resistant. Plus, it's packable and folds up into its own front pocket, making this is a great option to keep in your larger diaper bag.

Skip Hop

Greenwich Convertible Hip Pack

Skip Hop's convertable belt bag can be worn as a hip pack, crossbody, or wristlet. It's compact and perfect for keeping your necessities within hands reach, especially if you're also juggling a little one.

MZ Wallace

Crosby Belt Bag

More of a splurge, this MZ Wallace belt bag can fit your essentials while looking stylish—whether you're with baby or not.