This is hands down the best toy we have ever bought for our boy. It was one of the first toys we gave him to keep in his crib and noticed that no matter what else was in the crib he grabbed this owl. It's very soft and light and easy for little hands to grasp. It has a gentle sounding bell inside. We did put it in the washer-against what was advised-and it came out fine. There is a little hole starting to open in one area but no big deal so far, and even with that I would buy this toy again and again--even pay double for it--because my son loves it so much. He is 11 months old now and it is still his favorite toy. :) It obviously brings him a lot of comfort and that is priceless. It is also adorable!!