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You can offer water to an older baby, starting at around the middle of the first year, or when you start her on table foods. (My 1st dd was interested in drinking water from a cup at 3 mos, but we didn't let her have all that much. She still nursed every hour.)
Bfed babies don't NEED water, even on the hottest days. Your milk is 88% water, and it is always pure.
But in a long car trip, to make it poss to stop less, or to cool off sore teething gums, or just for fun, yes, a liitle pure water in a cup shouldn't hurt, at around the middle of the first yr. Or in a sport bottle, or a cup with a straw. Just watch out that they don't start acting fussy at the breast after intro'ing a cup (as in nipple cnfusion). If they do, let them use a regular cup, you hold it for them.
Grandma used a plastic cup! Great-grandma, say pre-WWII, probably used an open tin or ceramic cup. I still have a cute little tin cup that was my mom's (she is 70), enameled orange, with a nursery rhyme and picture.
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