Let’s Talk About The Babycino
The concept of the babycino started in Australia many years ago. When my son was a toddler he enjoyed the left over froth of the coffee in his own little cup. Any mother knows that if you can keep your toddler quiet for a moment so you can enjoy your coffee, it’s a good thing. When they first became popular they were free, after all it was just the dregs at the bottom of the milk frother, no big deal. Then they became all the rage and cafe’s started charging up to a dollar for this little cup of froth. I’ve even seen them for as much as $2, adding chocolate, marshmallows, all kinds of things.
Let me qualify that there was no coffee in this wee cup of froth. It was all milk. To my knowledge there is still no coffee in a babycino if you order one in Australia. My child has grown out of the novelty.
To my utter shock, I read in the news this morning that the humble babycino has taken up residence in the U.S only something has gone radically wrong in the translation. Cafe’s in America are adding a small shot of espresso to the babycino. WHAT???
I try not to be preachy. No one likes to have health matters rammed down their neck but I am going to put that aside for a moment and say don’t give your kids coffee.
If you are serving toddlers or children an espresso coffee, even if it’s decaf, stop doing it. On a neurological level I could give you a long list on why this is a very bad thing to do. Don’t give your children coffee, don’t even give your young children tea. Don’t give them coke, don’t give them anything containing caffeine. Just don’t. the modern toddler’s diet is bad enough. Let’s not make it worse. There are studies that show an improvement in attention span and performance when small amounts of caffeine are giving to children, but the down side saw a lager increase in anxiety, sleep deprivation, stomach problems, high blood pressure and personality changes. It saw a decrease in iron absorption which in the long run is detrimental to concentration. This article went onto say that parents are giving their children a “babycino hit of coffee ” on the way to school to “get them through the day.” Oh my!
A babycino has no coffee in it. Zero. It’s the left over milk at the end of your latte or cappuccino before the coffee goes in.
Thank you for listening to my rant.