I bought this for my baby and he started picking it up, twisting it, and sucking on the beads at about 3 months. He is 8 months old now, and still loves it. It has not shown any wear in the paint or elastic. The elastic that holds the bars together is strong, and little hands can easily grip it and lift the whole toy. The wooden beads slide along and make a pleasant sound. The colours are pleasing too. Great toy for car rides - very light and easy to clip to things.