Last Updated on September 1, 2023 by Lori Pace
It was impossible to imagine being a minimalist when you’re a mom. Your once organized kitchen cabinets now have 10 different types of bottles in them. The play area looks perpetually like an exploding rainbow, and your baby’s diapers weigh 15 pounds. A belt bag, or fanny pack, can be used as a replacement for a diaper bag. Some of my favorite diaper bags, such as Freshly Picked and Skip Hop, have moved to the belt bag market.
Although my home will not be a minimalist paradise anytime soon, I think I can improve the diaper bag situation. It was difficult to leave the house in the early days of motherhood. It was essential to pack as if I was going on vacation for a week if I was going to do it. Just in case.
Belt Bag, or Fanny Pack, instead of Diaper Bag, Is Great!
It makes it easy to pack light, is hands-free, and keeps my essentials at my fingertips. A belt bag with just a few essentials is ideal for shorter trips. It took a lot of weight off my shoulders. These small, chic belt bags are perfect for going on predictable outings like walking or running errands. For trips that are more distant, you keep a small stash of essential items in my trunk, such as toys, extra clothes, and other necessities. A belt bag is all that I need when I get out of my car.
Although, your stylish diaper bag should not be going anywhere soon. They’re great for some outings where a fully-stocked bag is still necessary. It’s no longer necessary to carry it everywhere you go. A functional belt bag is more than enough.
Fanny Pack You Should Try Instead of Diaper Bag
The small bag can hold a lot of gear, and even cup holders. This bag can be attached to your stroller, or worn as a crossbody or belt bag.
- 2 secure attachment points
- 2 cup holders
- 3 zippered pockets.
It can fit pouches, wipes, pacifiers — It also converts into a fanny pack or crossbody bag for those moments you want to take your valuables with you. You’ll be surprised how much you can fit in this bag.
This belt bag was designed by Kibou. The bag has a built-in (and removable) changing pad and a waterproof pocket to store wipes. Multiple colors available
- A built-in waterproof pocket holds 20+ wipes wet for up to one week (or a soiled onesie away from your other items)
- A detachable changing pad unfolds from the back flap
- Credit card & cash “slots”
- Key or pacifier hook
- Ergonomic, weight bearing 1.5″ belt and buckle
- Baby-friendly, compliant with the highest safety standards (California Prop 65)
- High quality vegan leather exterior that’s durable and wipeable
- Canvas line made from premium nylon canvas
- Wipeable and stain-resistant nylon lining
- Waterproof-lined pocket to hold wipes or wet items
The Patagonia belt bag has a sporty, sporty appearance. It is durable and lightweight at only 3.5 oz. The bag is also water-resistant. It folds into its own pocket and can be stored in a larger diaper bag.
- Lightweight yet durable hip pack for any adventure you can dream up
- Black Hole ripstop fabric is super strong and highly water resistant
- Pack stuffs down into the front pocket to save space in a travel bag
- Adjustable webbing belt lets you customize your carry
- Updated construction is made using entirely recycled materials
The convertible belt bag by Skip Hop can be used as a hip pack or crossbody. This bag is compact and easy to carry, even if you have a small one.
- Three ways to wear: hip pack, crossbody or wristlet
- Main compartment opens wide for easy access
- Multiple pockets include a front slip pocket, three interior credit card slots and two interior pockets
- Adjustable hip pack strap converts to a crossbody strap (adjusts from approx. 19 inches to 36 inches)
- Extension strap (approx. 13.5 inches). You can also use as a wristlet strap (approx. 6 inches)
- Wipe-clean, durable luxe vegan leather
- Coordinates with our Greenwich Collection
This MZ Wallace belt bag is more expensive but can hold all your essentials and still look stylish, no matter if you are with a baby.
- Zip top closure
- Additional straps: Adjustable waist strap
- 1 exterior pocket
- Signature red leather edging
- 4 interior pockets
- Blue interior lining