I LOVE this thing! We had a traditional baby bathtub for my son when he was born and he just never fit in the thing correctly. He was a big baby and I didn't know what else to put him in so I bought this. It was perfect! We started using it about about 4 months old and he's now 2.5. It's been in our washing machine many times now and it does look worm. The end of it that was overstuffed to allow a baby's head to be elevated is not flat from overuse, but he still sits on it in the tub even now and since we've used it so long, he understands that he is not to get off his "mat" and he stays put in the bathtub. It was well worth the $20 I paid for it. I will be getting another one when #2 comes along.