By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKbabyccinoCoffee for kids. If that doesn't sound like a parent's worst nightmare, I don't know what does. Caffeinating a child who already operates on hyperdrive? No, thank you. That is exactly why I ended up slapping a Dr. Pepper out of my 7-year-old's hand at a recent birthday party, causing him to confess to his classmates during sharing time that he has "a drinking problem." And yet miniature versions of adult cafe drinks are cropping up in tiny mitts all across America. You would think this would be a travesty.
But are child versions of adult cafe drinks really a bad idea?
Related: 25 Snacks Under 150 CaloriesWhen I first read the slightly hysterical article in The Brooklyn Paper, I had to giggle. First, because the main reason for the public hue and cry was that some baristas and patrons find the drinks "annoying" because they "interrupt work flow", not because of young metabolisms and health risks. Forgive me, but isn't it the job of baristas to make drinks? If people are paying for these bite-sized drinks, I can hardly see how they're bad for business. Even funnier was the assumption that New Yorkers invented the concept (or at least imported it from Australia). The name "babyccino" may be new, but the concept sure isn't.
A more pressing concern about the drinks, in my mind, is how hot they are often served. Steamed milk comes steaming hot, naturally. Another issue I find concerning is that some Brooklyn area cafes are serving toddlers decaf shots of espresso. (Are there toddlers that truly desire the taste of espresso?) You see, decaf isn't actually caffeine free. Is even decaf coffee healthy for young children?
What's your opinion on this "new" trend? Do you take your young children to Starbucks, and if so, do you let them order something?
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