We replaced our old coffee table because our baby was beginning to crawl and pull herself up and the coffee table was a bit of a hazard. We thought the padded leather storage ottoman would be the perfect solution because we could store her toys, our remote controls (which she considers her toys) and it's padded so it would be safe for a baby learning to crawl / stand / walk. Unfortunately, there is very little padding on the sides of the ottoman. In many places it is just leather stretched over the wooden frame, in others there are cross supports just behind the leather. So there are still some very hard spots on the ottoman. Otherwise, we are pleased with it.