Sipping a warm cup of coffee on a rainy day seems so calming and soothing. It’s like the best feeling in the world. But if you’re a parent, this peaceful time can easily be cut short by your kids either bothering you for a sip of your coffee or asking for their own.
Fortunately, there’s this thing called ‘Babyccino’. What’s that? Is that some sort of scheme to give children caffeine?
Babyccino in its literal form is just warm frothed milk sprinkled with a few toppings like cinnamon or cocoa powder. It is designed for children to enjoy while their parents sip on coffee. It has no caffeine so technically it’s not coffee.
Now children can enjoy their Babyccino while you sip on a hot cup of coffee.
If you’re interested in knowing more about babyccino, keep reading.
What is a Babyccino?
Babyccino is usually just warm milk without expresso topped with either cocoa powder or cinnamon.
Coffee is an integral part of our society. A cup of joe is all you need early in the morning or during your working hours.
Parents often do multiple jobs at one time with a lot on their plates. On top of this, being a full-time parent also requires you to be on your wits at all times.
As a result, it makes parents pay occasional visits to coffee shops with their children. But previously, there was nothing for the kids to drink and enjoy in coffee shops. And parents being confused and not enjoying this small coffee shop trip lead to this wonderful delight getting introduced for kids to enjoy.
It was first invented in the late 90s by a barista of a fancy coffee place in Sydney. His keen observations of children not having any drink options at coffee shops lead him to invent babyccino.
With its success in Australia, this new drink spread across other parts of the world.
Now at a place where large amounts of caffeinated drinks are readily available, you can order a Babyccino.
It is much easier for coffee aficionados to have their coffee without getting any distraction about what drink to order for their kids – life gets so much easier, right?
Babyccino versus Cappuccino
If you’re still worried about whether Babyccino is just a way to give kids caffeine, I made a table below comparing Babyccino to your average Cappuccino so that you can better understand what sets Babyccino apart from other coffees.
They are as follows:
|Energy Levels||203 kJ||514.4 kJ|
As you can see, Babyccino contains 0mg of caffeine, so if you’re worried this might stunt your kid’s growth you can set those worries aside.
As for sugar, Babyccino has sugar. The recommended sugar for healthy children ages 2-18 is less than 25g, Babyccino contains 4.30g of sugar, which is well below 25g. Still, you probably shouldn’t give your child Babyccino before bedtime if you’re worried that even 1g of sugar can get them hyper.
If you REALLY don’t want to give them any sugar, there are sugar-free versions available on the market or in coffee shops. Just ask the barista and they’ll probably whip a sugar-free Babyccino for your kid to enjoy.
Pros of Babyccino
Giving your child something to sip on isn’t the only pros of Babyccino. There are several others as well, such as:
- Time – One of the best things about Babyccino is that it is simple and easy enough to make on your own. Plus you can do it rather quickly. All you got to do is pour milk foam into a cup and then sprinkle a few toppings and then you’re done.
- Price – Many cafes offer Babyccinos for around 50 cents to 2 dollars, some cafes even offer it for free. The cost to make it is pretty cheap as well since all you really need is milk!
- Ingredients – Babyccino has only two ingredients, milk foam, and powder topping. Sometimes you won’t need the second one if you’re really trying to cut cost.
- Happiness Value – The smile that comes on your children’s faces when they’re served Babyccino is priceless. What kid wouldn’t be happy at the chance of feeling like an adult with their little cup of Babyccino?
How Do You Make A Babyccino?
To make Babyccino, all you need is 60ml of milk foam (cow or soy), Cinnamon or Cocoa Powder, and, if you’re feeling fancy, marshmallows and chocolate flakes. In an espresso-sized cup, pour the warm milk foam. Make sure it is not too hot. Then, sprinkle the powder of your choice on top. You can also garnish it with chocolate flakes or marshmallows.
Since it’s all about the milk, it should be properly frothed for that extra creaminess. It should be silky smooth with lots of air bubbles incorporated to make it pillowy soft.
Also, my personal recommendation for Babyccino topping is cocoa powder or chocolate flakes – as it adds a touch of sweetness and chocolatey notes. But with that being said, it is all up to your kid!
One more thing to keep in mind is the temperature. Ideally, it should be served at 105F – a little above body temperature. Remember, it is for the baby and not you!
Here is an awesome video for you to check out how to make it.
Is Babyccino a Wakeup Juice for Kids?
Babyccino is not a wakeup juice for kids, it is just something for them to sip on in a coffee shop while the adults indulge in a cup of coffee.
Energy drinks and coffee have the same purpose, which is to provide a boost of energy. Kids do not need an extra adrenaline rush than what they already have.
Also, caffeine is not advisable for children. This study suggests that an extra boost of energy via caffeine is not good for kids.
Therefore, Babyccino is not a wakeup juice for kids or in any way similar to sugary drinks. It’s more or less like a warm hug of high-quality whole milk for kids.
Some children opt-out of hot cocoa with babyccino just because they love it so much.
Does Babyccino Have Caffeine?
Babyccino does not contain any amounts of caffeine.
This drink came into being by keeping in mind the dietary requirements of kids. Also, I certainly do not recommend caffeine to anyone under the age of 18.
High doses of caffeine or sugar can have irreversible effects on a child’s health, even adolescents.
What Age Can A Baby Have Babyccino?
It is certainly not recommended for any nursing baby to consume it. But, babies above the age of 6 months old can give it a try. Still, just to be safe, it’s probably best for you to wait until they’re a little past toddler age before you give them their first sip. It’s also advisable to consult a pediatrician first.
Even though Babyccino is technically just milk, it’s still better to be safe and ask the advice of a health professional first. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to give Babyccino to a baby that’s not past the age of one.
The drink was made so that kids can have something in their hands while the parents relax, and I’m pretty sure a six-month-old baby wouldn’t mind getting handed a teether or a pacifier instead of a Babyccino.
If you do decide to give your baby a sip, ask a pediatrician first.
Where Can I Get It from?
You can get Babyccinos from any coffee shop as they are pretty common.
Whether you go to a boutique coffee place or a small café, almost every barista would happily make it for you.
Starbucks, Tim Hortons and Costa are among the top-rated coffee shops that offer this in a variety of toppings as well. You can choose to add marshmallows or chocolate syrup or caramel sauce. Dress up or dress down this drink according to your child’s dietary requirements.
Are Babyccinos Expensive?
Babyccinos aren’t that expensive. Their price ranges from fifty cents to 2 dollars, some coffee shops even offer it for free.
It is like a token of love from the coffee shop.
Recently, some cafes have started offering this for about 3$ as well. I cannot pinpoint what the differences are in the higher-priced ones, but they are on the market for you to try.
If you’re saving money, I’d recommend going for the cheaper ones.
Can I customize it according to my Kid’s Requirement?
You can customize Babyccinos according to your kid’s requirements, just ask the barista nicely and they’ll gladly do it for you.
You can add their favorite toppings or remove any as per your liking. You can even make it plain.
Kids require different needs and have different tastes, and what’s the point of making a drink for a child if they have no say in how it tastes? As long as caffeine is out of the picture and sugar is kept to a minimum, you can customize your kid’s Babyccino all you want.
Just make sure that if you’re in a cafe and you have a specific blueprint for your Babyccino, ask the baristas nicely, and if they can’t do it, roll up the blueprint and head to a different cafe.
Babyccino is just a frothy cup of milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder on top. It was made specifically for kids to enjoy while their parents drink coffee. It contains zero caffeine so parents don’t have to worry about it keeping your kids up.
Coffee is an adult’s fuel. We typically run around doing our errands tirelessly. This much-needed boost of caffeine just pushes us to complete all our tasks at hand.
So, when coffee plays such an important role, why shouldn’t the experience of grabbing your coffee from the café also be amplified?
Babyccino has given parents a chance to take a breather while sipping their fresh brew and not thinking about what to order for their lovely child. Since it’s just frothed up milk, it is safe for those who do not enjoy the flavors of the coffee or are looking to try a sugar-free option without bitterness.
Kids can feel a bit special while having this drink, thinking that the café made this baby-safe coffee just for them. They feel included and this co-inherently makes the parents happy and encourages them to spend more time at the coffee shop. A win-win situation for everyone!