If you want to know what the hipsters are up to these days, always look for stories out of Park Slope, Brooklyn, from whence the coolest of the cool are fruitful and multiplying like animals much cooler than rabbits.
These days the rage isn’t baby yoga (so 2010) or having your assistant work your co-op shift (yes, we’re looking at you, Maggie Gyllenhaal, but don’t worry, we’re likely laughing evilly with you).
No, if you want to live in Park Slope and look like you really belong, make sure your most prized accessory (your requisite baby, natch) is holding the beverage du jour: a babyccino.
Yes, that would be a steaming hot beverage for your little tiny tot.
Babyccinos, which are cups of steamed milk, are all the rage in Park Slope these days among preschoolers, who apparently need to feel “included” in all aspects of their parents lives, according to the owner of one coffee shop (says WPIX.com).
The drinks are topped with some cinnamon or chocolate. They sound benign enough, except when you think about how your kid treats anything with the potential to spill or stain in your house. But if potential burns on your baby aren’t an issue (that’s what plastic surgeons are for, no?), then bottoms up!
Sure, some say it’s also inappropriate for one so little to feign drinking a beverage so adult, but those people clearly didn’t grow up with Big League Chew (faux chewing tobacco that’s actually candy) or those gum cigarettes that let out some powdered sugar at the tip so kids could really feel like they were smoking.
What’s a little hot beverage between parents and their preschoolers?
Me? It’s not the steamed milk that would be the issue (you know, except for the steamed part and the aforementioned spill/burn issues). It’s the part about something my preschooler needs in order to be or feel in. That was the good part about leaving high school: that I was no longer trying to keep up with the cool (read: mean) girls.
But I guess that’s also why I live 2,000 miles away from Park Slope (that, and I don’t have anyone working for me to attend to my co-op shifts).
Is there a babyccino in your tot’s immediate future?