This playmat is extremely soft and is a great one for the price. The cheap [$] mats are a plastic type fabric and not very thick. This one is plush and really soft. The caterpillar sings continuously on a soft volume or louder with a switch button. It's battery operated so if it dies you can just replace them! Hasn't needed new batteries for me yet and baby is 8 months old. Still loves it! I had a cheap one first and the music toy was a pull cord one which died after 3 weeks... no option to replace batteries and songs lasted about 20 seconds. This is a great purchase.
Three months later and lots of use the mat is still in great condition. Fabric wipes off easily and mat is easy to take along on trips. I love how the toys can come off to use in other areas. Our baby loves laying on the mat and the price is great for the product!