Our 5 year old daughter and 4 year old son love their bath ponchos in blush and green respectively. They didn’t want to take them off to put on pajamas. The ponchos arrived in careful packaging. I did need to wash them a couple of times with soap and a bit of baking soda, as I typically do for new clothes. There was a bit of manufacturing smell in them, that dissipated. For us, after washing, the material is soft but more absorbent towel material than super soft. This doesn’t take away from the poncho for us. It serves its purpose well. I ordered one size up for both for plenty of future use. I am glad that I did, since the front is shorter than the back. The ponchos cover up very well for after baths. I am happy with this purchase and so are our kids.