Back in the day, when I saw my mom sporting a fanny pack, I cringed. I was a tween, and my mom was utterly embarrassing with her nylon belt bag. Flash forward a couple of decades and as I juggle four kids at a playground while my diaper bag keeps slipping off my shoulder, I find myself thinking, "Maybe, just maybe, my mom was onto something."

And I'm not the only one. That's right friends, fanny packs are BACK. Why? Well, for celebs and fashion-types, it's because everything that was once old must always be reincarnated.

But for us mamas, there is one simple resounding answer: The bag is incredibly convenient. It allows us to have our hands free—to, ya know, change a diaper or put a bandage on a knee—and it also forces us to pare down the litany of items we'll throw into our purses before we head out the door. Like, those ten extra snacks or a juice box or a coloring book — the items that result in your purse suddenly weighing 50 pounds.

Oh, and this just in: You can also sling a fanny pack around your body, now. We've got options! (They also go by a more sophisticated name in some circles—"belt bags," thankyouverymuch.)

Is it the ultimate mom bag? Listen, we're not going to say it is. But we're also not going to say it's not. Catch our drift? And if you see yourself in a mirror while sporting your new belt bag, we dare you not to start singing, "I'm too sexy for… my fanny pack."

Shop our favorite patterns and styles below, some of which start as low as 15 bucks.

(P.S. From 4/21-4/24 our favorite Caraa style is 20% off along with other Mama-approved favorites! Don't miss it!)

caraa sling small

Caraa

$115

Sling Small

From the gold hardware to the metallic cloud-like nylon, we’re totally gaga for this gilded beauty from Caraa. The scoop-style zippered top makes it easy to access your must-haves and an internal key fob keeps keys handy. (It also comes in a ton of other fun neons and neutrals.)

Don’t miss their Mother’s Day sale which is running from 4/21-4/24. 20% off some of our favorite styles for carrying all.the.things!!

–S.G.

State Bags Crosby Fanny Pack

State Bags

$160

Bennet Fanny Pack

Fanny pack, but make it fashion. Not only does this leather stunner from State Bags stylishly carry all your essentials—it also gives back to families in need. Since their launch in 2013, State Bags has used the power of the brand to support causes all around the world in the ways they need it most. Refreshing, isn’t it? –S.G.

State Bags Lorimer Fanny pack

State Bags

$90

Lorimer Fanny Pack

Yes, another pick from State Bags because it’s too hard to choose. (#NotSorry) Not only did this bad boy rack up at 5,000 person waitlist, it also relaunched with a longer strap option due to popular demand. It’s roomy, durable and features two separate main pockets to keep things organized. There’s a bunch of great colors to choose from as well!

mom carrying a toddler

TushBaby

$85

TushBaby Carrier

How about a fanny back that also saves your back? The raved-about Tushbaby offers comfort for both parent and kiddo with a memory foam-lined seat that promotes hip health and a seriously supportive padded belt which evenly distributes baby weight. It even provides ample storage for diapers, wipes and essentials, eliminating the need for an additional diaper bag. You’re freeeee!

herschel supply fifteen hip pack

Herschel Supply

$31.99

Fifteen Hip Pack

Perfect for just the essentials, this no-frills option from Herschel Supply comes in a ton of colors and patterns. And their warranty program is 🙌! –S.G.

dagne dover ace fanny pack

Dagne Dover

$90

Ace Fanny Pack

We love Dagne Dover’s neoprene bags with their chunky zippers and spot-on details. The Ace disappeared from their collection for a bit but has come back better than ever. Available in five fun colors, it features a handy key clip, card slot and elastic loop inside (perfect for hugging your chapstick!) along with a convenient credit card pocket on the back for easy access.

kibou vegan leather bag

Kibou

$89

Vegan Leather Bag

As a mom who crammed a diaper and a couple of wipes into my coat pocket and hoped for the best, I really wish Kibou had been around when I was slinging babies. Dubbed “The Deliberately Minimal Diaper Bag” this brilliant mama-made design has thought of everything. It’s got plenty of space for snacks and diapers, a built-in waterproof pocket for wipes or blowout soaked onesies and—get this!—a detachable changing pad that unfolds from the back flap. Smell ya later, giant diaper bag. –S.G.

And! You can feel good knowing your purchase gives back, too. Kibou gives 1% of every sale to mothers and children affected by incarceration via Hour Children.

 

wild fable belt bag

Wild Fable

$15

Fanny Pack

Between the price point, cheery color and rave reviews, this one from Target is a no-brainer.

lululemon everywhere belt bag

Lululemon

$38

Everywhere Belt Bag

Yes, you need a sporty fanny pack, too. This one (which comes in a wide range of colorways) is perfect when you’re heading to Saturday morning yoga.

petunia picklebottom all around belt bag

Petunia Pickle Bottom

$49

All-Around Belt Bag

From the brand that’s synonymous with diaper bags, Petunia Pickle Bottom’s on-trend belt bags are made of a mom-friendly faux leather that can be wiped down and easily cleaned up when handled by sticky fingers. Also, bonus points for leopard. –S.G.

parker clay desta belt bag

Parker Clay

$131

Desta Belt Bag

The durable, made-to-last leather goods from Parker Clay seem to get better with age. (Just like you, right?) All their styles are timeless and versatile–including this beauty that can be worn around your waist or over the shoulder.

Want more to love? In addition to sustainably sourcing their leather from local Ethiopian providers, Parker Clay’s Ethiopian factories employ at-risk women and provide them a safe work environment and livable wage. Through their employment, they’re also given opportunities to learn and develop new skills and advance their careers.–S.G.

fjallraven ulvo hip pack large

Fjällräven

$65

Ulvö Large Hip Pack Bag

Designed for outdoor adventures, this is one bag you can easily hand off to dad when it’s his turn to fly solo.

mz wallace metro sling

MZ Wallace

$185

Metro Sling

Moms everywhere love MZ Wallace for their crazy parenting-friendly totes, and turns out they make an equally utilitarian belt bag that can go from playdate to brunch date no problem.

glad and young big sister fanny pack

Glad & Young

$145

Big Sister Fanny Pack

Whether you’re carting kids or sipping cocktails kid-free, the gorgeous handmade hip bags from Atlanta-based Glad & Young Studios are totally on point. Choose from three different marbled leather base colors and a variety of strap colors to match or contrast. And just like you, this one gets better with age, mama.–S.G.

clare v. grande leather belt bag

Clare V.

$325

Grande Leather Belt Bag

The epitome of cool-girl bag brands, Clare V. also brings its chic aesthetic to the fanny pack category, and we couldn’t be happier about that. I splurged on this one last summer after agonizing over such a pricey investment for ages. But it checked all the boxes! Roomy enough to easily carry the essentials, trendy but timeless, and both day/night appropriate. Basically, the bag to end all bags. So I pulled the trigger. And I was soooo right.–S.G.

baggu nylon belt bag

Baggu

$48

Nylon Belt Bag

Baggu doesn’t just make the perfect reusable shopping bag —they also crush it in the fanny pack department. This durable pack is made from the same recycled nylon the brand is known for which is (blessedly) totally machine washable when an inevitable disaster occurs.–S.G.

monos metro sling

Monos

$68

Metro Sling

If you want the look of leather without the investment, the faux leather slings from luggage experts Monos are totally mom-friendly. One big pocket and three internal sleeve pockets keep you organized while a full length zip pocket across the back keeps your most important essentials safe and secure. They’re sizable enough for the must-haves, super duper durable and sustainably made to boot. Go ahead, jelly-fingered toddler, do your worst.–S.G.

jansport fifth avenue fanny pack

Jansport

$17

Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack

If we’re going to go the fanny pack route, we might as well go the whole way, right? Right. And nothing screams “90s!” like a Jansport bag. The good news is they haven’t raised their prices too much in the past three decades.

igloo cooler retro fanny pack

Igloo

$29.99

Retro Fanny Pack Cooler

Ok, we spoke too soon. This is the 90’s throwback we didn’t know we needed. Igloo has brought back their Full House era color palettes and logo to create the coolest fanny pack ever. No, literally. This insulated pack keeps three cans (er, um, baby bottles) cold when you’re on-the-go.–S.G.

A version of this story was published July 21, 2021. It has been updated.