Lascal M1 Carrier review

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
User rating
£95.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

This carrier is simple to adjust and comfortable to wear. However the bottom fastening is a tight squeeze and it could be too expensive for some budgets
Comfort for baby
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Comfort for you
3.5 out of 5 rating 3.5
Ease of use
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Design
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Sturdiness
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Worth the money
3.5 out of 5 rating 3.5
Pros: Stylish, good back support, comfy to wear, durable, machine washable, front and rear facing positions, easy to adjust when wearing, available in lots of colours
Cons: Bit pricey, bottom loop attachment didn't reach to fit a bigger baby, harness too big for skinny people!.
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The Lascal M1 Carrier was four year in the making, and it is well worth its price tag, with just a few niggles to report.

While pushing your baby in a buggy is a lovely pastime on a summer’s day, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to navigate uneven terrain or a flight of steps. With this in mind, Swedish designer Jöran Lundh, made famous for his Buggyboard, spent four years constructing the M1, an on-trend and comfortable baby carrier for Lascal. He was determined to craft the best carrier on the market, so you can easily take your little one with you and keep a close eye on them.

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Priced at £95, the Lascal M1 Carrier comes in five different colours and has been available in the UK since 2008. It is quite an expensive piece of kit, but the old adage “you get what you pay for” has never been truer.

I always love walking with my 6-month-old son Nathaniel in a baby carrier, especially when we go sightseeing and my husband also spends the time bonding with our boy. However, during the winter months of wearing lots of layers including a bulky coat, I found Nathaniel outgrew his first baby carrier pretty quickly. Also, some of the baby carriers on the market aren’t really suitable for well-built men. The Lascal M1, however, sets the record pretty straight.

What we love

When I first saw the Lascal M1 Carrier I was impressed with the lightweight mesh material it was made from, while the soft, antibacterial bamboo covering used around the openings for the neck, arms and legs is a really good idea and prevents any reaction with your baby’s skin. With a features list a mile long, including spinal support, width and length adjusters and a big padded support for your baby’s head that doubles as a dribble bib, it is easy to see the M1 has been made to a very high spec.

Putting the carrier on and adjusting the harness was really easy and I found the best thing to do was sit down wearing the carrier, strap Nathaniel in with the clips and then adjust to get the correct fit. All of which I could do by myself. The lumbar bar was also an added support, as some carriers can give you backache.

The Lascal M1 Carrier is suitable from birth and states it can comfortably hold a baby of up to 30lbs. Nathaniel was about 17lb 7oz at the time of testing and I found it very quick to position him forward facing (he loved looking out as we walked along). It’s also great if you want to get a few little jobs done around the house. One day Nathaniel was being quite clingy, so I just strapped him in and went out to bring the washing in from the line.

The carrier is also washable – a must for a baby product – and additional covers, which you use as dribble bibs, can be purchased for £15 each.

What to watch out for

My husband found the Lascal M1 a perfect fit, but I had to wear a coat or very big jumper as I couldn’t get the straps small enough. This is fine in the winter months, but not very practical in the summer.

While Nathaniel is only just above the middle weight range for the carrier, both my husband and I couldn’t do up the bottom loop fastening to give the ideal body contact. There are two other clips on each side, so he was perfectly secure, and I did wonder if his large reusable nappy gave him more than an average-size bottom!

Who is the Lascal M1 Carrier best for?

Parents, especially dads, after a carrier for frequent use.

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MadeForMums verdict

The Lascal M1 Carrier is a very comfortable, well-thought-out baby carrier. However, the large harness fitting and bottom loop fastening that wouldn’t attach let down an otherwise flawless design.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Lascal
Model M1 Carrier
Price £95.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 3 years
Child weight 3kg to 14kg

Features

Washing instructions Machine washable
Fastening Click fit
Number of carrying positions 2
Features
  • Head hugger
  • Lumbar support
  • Wide harness straps
  • Soft antibacterial bamboo lining around leg/arm/head holes
  • Three different adjustments to cradle the head/bring in the waist/lift the bottom
  • Breathable fabric
  • One-hand operated buckles

Accessories

Head hugger Yes
Optional extras Top covers (to use as dribble bib) £15