Reflo Smart Cup
Reflo Smart Cups are a revolutionary new concept in training cups. They’re a smart alternative to sippy cups and a great transitional tool for your children to learn to drink from an open cup. Little kids will love to use their “grown up cup” all the time!
Reflo Smart Cups are perfect for people of any age that want a splash / major spill proof cup including older children and adults with special needs.
No buttons or other complicated mechanisms to operate. It’s as easy as drinking from any ordinary cup without the worry of big spills due to the patented Reflo ™ insert that controls the flow of beverage anywhere along the cup’s rim and at virtually any angle.
BPA-free, phthalate-free and dishwasher safe, the Reflo Smart Cup ™ is designed for safety and hygiene with no moving parts to trap dirt and germs.
Recommended for all ages as a smart alternative to “sippy cups” which have been associated with dental and speech problems.
Reflo Smart Cups are the safe, smart way to learn to drink from a regular cup.
Recommended for children over 6 months – but not recommended for throwers.
Available in four translucent cup colours:
- Red Violet
Each Reflo Smart Cup holds up to 6 ounces (177ml approx) of your child’s favourite pulp-free beverage and are BPA-free, phthalate-free and dishwasher safe.
Product Review by Stephen Weiss, MS, RD, CLC
As an educational tool, in addition to any health advantages for transitioning infants & toddlers to drinking from a cup, your Reflo Smart Cups has significant advantages.
I mention the above because I believe it is a needed alternative to the popular “sippy cup” which is used more for the convenience of the caretaker than to encourage physical coordination and emotional development of the child.”
Stephen Weiss, MS, RD, CLC
Product Review by Suzanne M. Ducharme, MS CCC-SLP Owner, SS Speech Pathology Partners, LLC in Weymouth MA
Reflo Smart Cups: The SMART Alternative to Sippy Cups
If you are a Speech Language Pathologist working with children, you have probably had numerous conversations with parents about sippy cups, and the pros and cons of their use with children who have feeding and/or speech delays. Once used as a brief intermediate step between bottles and open cups, sippy cups are now a huge industry, and there are 4 and 5-year-old children who have never even used an open cup. Finding the right tool to teach kids open cup drinking can be a challenge… but now there is a new cup on the market that answers this challenge- REFLO. Although it was not designed specifically for SLPs, it does provide a sound alternative to traditional sippy cups. In trying this cup with a variety of children in my private practice, I have seen nice progress with skill development, and received positive feedback from the parents about the ease of use and its functionality.
What are Reflo Smart Cups? The REFLO cup is a translucent tumbler with an easy to use insert that helps control the flow of fluid, while supporting the development of typical oral motor skills for drinking from an open cup. To use the cup, you simply fill the tumbler with liquid, place the insert into the cup and drink.
Why Use the REFLO cup? From a clinical perspective, our goal is to encourage typical oral motor skills for cup drinking, such as lip closure and the coordination of fine and oral motor skills for managing the flow of liquid. The REFLO cup is a regular cup, a plain plastic tumbler that looks like a cup that a typical child would use. When the insert is in place, the child simply brings the cup to his lips and drinks. The design of the insert allows the child to drink no matter how it is oriented, because the flow control feature is repeated all around the insert, not just in one position, like in some other flow control cups. This feature also allows for faster independence with the cup, since there is less need for orientation and placement assistance. (NOTE: This cup would also be useful in working with adults who need some flow control but are able to hold a cup.)
In addition, the design of the insert really does slow down the flow of the liquid, allowing children more time to manage the fluid in their mouth, resulting in more successful swallowing and less spillage. In my experience, children with difficulties in learning to drink are hesitant to use a cup that makes them feel overwhelmed with fluid, or the valving is so strong they don’t easily make the connection that it is for drinking- it becomes a shaky toy. REFLO solves this problem.
Other positive aspects of the Reflo Smart Cups: