Minimalist Mom: Ditch the Diaper Bag With These 10 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. Read on for why I love using a diaper belt bag, plus shop some of our favorite styles!


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.


Shop the Best Diaper Belt Bags

storq belt bag

Diaper Bag Fanny Pack

Kibou thought of everything with this versatile belt bag. It comes with a built-in (and detachable changing pad) and even has a waterproof pocket for wipes.

8 colors available

storq diaper belt bag

Quick Change Fanny Pack

Made with wipeable and machine-washable heavyweight nylon, this oversized belt bag can be worn as a fanny pack on your waist or as a crossbody over your chest. It also includes a changing pad enclosed within a magnetic pocket inside.

available in black and blue check

colugo belt bag

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.

many colors and patterns available

lululemon sherpa belt bag

Everywhere Fleece Belt Bag

The latest version of Lululemon's cult-favorite belt bag, this sherpa style is both fun and functional to wear during the colder fall and winter months. It's a smaller option, but includes three mesh pockets within and can hold basically everything you need.

three colors available

fawn design belt bag
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.

multiple colors and patterns available

freshly picked park pack
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.

many colors and patterns available

dagne dover belt bag
Dagne Dover

Ace Fanny Pack

With a zippered front pocket and lots of inside compartments, this belt bag holds everything you need for quick outings.

6 colors available

patagonia belt bag

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.

many colors available

skip hop belt 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.

2 colors available

mz wallace belt bag
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.

2 colors available

This article was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for timeliness. 

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