The infamous Babycino, whether you have to pay $1.50 for one or you get it for free, there seems to be something magical about a bit of milk froth a sprinkle of chocolate…..kids love them!

If it brings a smile to my daughter’s face and gives me 10 minutes of peace to drink my cappuccino I am all for them! A big pat on the back to the cafe owner who invented them!

The trouble is, not all people seem to have the same opinion as me on these special kiddy drinks.

Whilst enjoying my usual morning coffee I had these two women sitting near me start complaining loudly about the concept of a Babycino (or were they speaking directly about me?)!

I had to do a double take to ensure I heard correctly, yep……they had some very heated opinions of a toddler drinking a Babycino!

“Oh those stupid Babycinos are just instilling a cafe culture into these kids! By the time they are 10 years old they’ll be wanting a ‘grande double shot, skim, mochachino!’ ”

Ummmmm didn’t these women get the memo about Babycinos being a little bit of milk and some chocolate?

Seriously, a cafe culture?

Even if it was true, would there really be any harm? There are surely worse things for kids to get involved in, drugs, alcohol, crimeWill we be heard to say in years to come “Oh no, I found out my kid hangs at the local cafe…maybe he is having a macchiato!!!”

Crazy times!

Since caffeine is a drug, and maybe these women need to lay off it. Heaven forbid if these women got wind of the fact that in Double Bay, ‘Puppycinos‘ are all the rage!

Long live the Babycino, keeping mums and bubs happy for years to come!

Do you order a Babycino for your kids when you’re having a coffee?  Do you think the women I overheard had a point?

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  • At some places as Babychino is very similar to a hot chocolate except it has frothy milk on the top. Some sprinkle chocolate powder such as quik or milo on top of it, not full strength chocolate.
    Little ones think they are having the same as Mum and Dad. You can ask for it to be warm, not hot too.


  • It’s not wrong – what is wrong is posting it on social media each and every time.


  • It’s just the same as giving your kids warm milk! The only difference is, sometimes it has a sprinkle of chocolate, a drizzle of chocolate syrup or a marshmallow on the side. It makes them feel special “grown up” when parents are having a coffee out and it gives them a little reprieve from muuuuuum I want this or that.
    I will also add, some baristas actually take great pride and joy making something fun for the kids.


  • not my cup of tea (literally). I mean not wanting children to have Babycino.


  • i really don’t understand what the fuss is all about, all it is is frothed milk NO coffee in it at all. Milk is actually good for you. These people who are criticising obviously don’t know what it actually is & as such should keep their noses out of other peoples business. I know that if i was approached like this i would explain to the person or persons concerned & then tell them to mind their own business


  • I like the concept but my baby is too small yet.


  • Absolutely I do, it is our time out together. Shame on those silly women putting in their two bobs worth when it was not their business.


  • Unfortunately, there will always be someone who wants to be critical of mothers. I’m sure if you gave your child a drink in a plastic bottle, they would’ve been dissing you for polluting the earth with plastics.


  • Geez, really, not an issue in my book


  • I don’t drink coffee,most not really an issue for us. I don’t have a problem with them tho, it’s just milk froth and a sprinkle of chocolate


  • Really good to know! A very interesting article! Thanks for this read!


  • Oh my goodness another thing to feel bad about! Both my boys love babycinos just as mummy loves her coffee and we love the special time together! We will not be stopping it!


  • I love having this special time with my little girl.


  • My daughter use to love baby cinos, she said she felt like a big girl. Nowadays she has a hot chocolate as she is 9. If my son wants a babycino I will not hesitate to give it to him, I really do not see the issue.


  • Babycinos probably came in after my son started primary school so he didn’t really experience them. However, I know he and I would have loved it. The local café became my vice after my son was born – he screamed 24/7 for the first 12 months. Yes, he had colic finally diagnosed by a paediatrician, but it was a really long haul and struggle for my husband and I. So my mum would often send us out for coffee while she looked after bub and gave us a break. So we do share the café culture with our son, only he prefers a Big M or Smoothie or something else while we have our coffee. There’s simply nothing wrong with a babycino and I think it’s quite cute. Some peace for Mum whilst sharing the experience with bub/child.

    • Your youngest likes babychino. However they make it as mild hot chocolate not just frothy milk with the tiniest sprinkle of chocolate on top, or sometimes he just has hot chocolate. He mainly only has it in cold weather when sometimes we have no option but to go shopping. Sometimes it is a treat after swimming lesson and a warm shower before we start the shopping.


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