This rattle is just lovely. Easy to hold for little hands, eye-catching black and white design, soft to touch, two different designs and textures back and front, little ribbons for the mane and tail, a quirky face and a gentle, non-offensive rattling sound when shaken. What more could you want? Such a nice change from hard and loud plastic rattles. My little boy was interested in this from the start and aside from the reasons above, I believe it was because of its simplicity and ease of use, which cannot be said of all Lamaze toys, lovely and good-quality as they are. At 6 months he still loves to hold and shake it and now teeth are coming through this has proved to be nice to chew on as well! Perfect!