This towel is the tiniest bit scratchy, but I've come to accept that since I don't use any fabric softeners on my towels. We have sensitive skin, and it affects the absorbency, so I've just done away with it on towels. That said, it's SUPER absorbent, and gets the wiggly kiddos dry very quickly. It's definitely geared toward the younger than 18 months crowd, as my 2 year old was a bit big for it, at the time , she just can't use it as an enormous cape. Honestly, probably a bonus at this point.