Purchased this as a new baby gift. It is MUCH pinker trhan I had anticipated.If you were thinking pastel, then this is NOT the choice for you. It does say to hand wash, so I know that might be a deterant. It is soft as described by other reviewers. I can't comment on the size, but appears to be about right for a 6 month old. My only complaint is that it is just OK as far as how it looks. I think the value is fair, and of course it came right on time as expected. There is so much from which to choose when one is purchasing an infant gift, that I was just a little disappointed. I have no experience with the JoJo Designs company....perhaps that is the draw of some of the rave reviews?