This xylophone is specifically designed to grow with your child. This is not an inferior instrument that a baby or toddler will outgrow. It is perfectly suitable for older children to learn to listen to musical sounds they make. It is accurately tuned. And it will also help your child with hand/eye co-ordination. Older children will love this as it is easy to play and virtually indestructible. The bars cannot fall out. Made from PVC-free, pthalate free, baby safe hard plastic, this xylophone is a musical instrument first and toy second. It comes with one mallet and a song booklet.