Minky is a modern “micro-fiber” fabric that is amazingly soft. It is quick-drying, highly absorbent, and actually quite strong. And unlike true mink, minky fabric is completely vegan.
My introduction to minky came when someone gave us a minky crib sheet at our baby shower. Although it was clearly a soft and luxurious sheet, I was somewhat resistant to the idea of minky because it wasn’t made of cotton. But as circumstances quickly change when there is an infant in the house, I ended up trying the minky crib sheet out of desperation one evening. That was when my daughter was about 6 months old. She seemed to like the minky sheet just fine.
However, when I later tried to replace the minky sheet with a cotton sheet, it became clear that my daughter preferred, er, demanded, minky. That night when we put her down to bed, she immediately started crying. She was fed, changed and otherwise comfortable so we were puzzled. After about 20 minutes of high decibel protests, my wife asked me, “Could it be the sheet?”
I sprang into action and ran downstairs, got the minky sheet from the stack of folded laundry and quickly replaced the cotton sheet. Five minutes later, our baby was asleep. Needless to say, we bought a couple of extra minky sheets and haven’t looked back.