Let's test this theory: Which hip?

Erica - posted on 02/13/2011 ( 222 moms have responded )

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I'm reading a book "Phenomenon: Secrets of the Senses" by Donna Jackson. In her book, she says that babies prefer their mother's left hip because that's the side that her heart is located on. The book says that baby's worlds revolve around the mother's heartbeat and their first words even mimic the heartbeat: Mama, Dada, Baba...



I think, maybe they're just asking right handed mothers. Since generally, the hip we hold our children on corresponds with our non-dominate hand. However, I don't know any left handed mommies. So, in your answer, tell me which hand you write with and which hip your children prefer. This should be fun :) Thanks!

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Roxanne - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm left handed and my kids always went on my right hip. I think because I had a left shoulder injury as a child and re-injured it as a teen, my right is stronger.

Megan - posted on 02/15/2011

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I am right handed, and always had my kids on the left. They prefer it, and we both struggle when I carried them on my right hip.

Louise - posted on 02/14/2011

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I am right handed and carry my daughter on my right hip as this is my stronger arm and it feels more natural to do so.

Sherri - posted on 02/13/2011

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Left handed, Right hip but more because my right arm is my stronger arm.

I am also not the typical left handed person because unless you saw me write or eat you would never know I was left handed. I do every other single thing with my right hand.

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Claire - posted on 02/20/2011

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Hi Erica,

My name is Claire and I have a 3 1/2 year old boy who I always put on my right hip. It seems more comfortable for me. And, I am Left Handed, so I think you're right about the non-dominate hand. I like to keep my left hand free to grab things.

Take care.

Claire

Julia - posted on 02/20/2011

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I am left handed and always carry my kids, purse and everything else on my left side .

Heather - posted on 02/20/2011

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I am right handed and I hold my daughter on my left hip...so that I can use my right hand to do everything else...also I feel more comfortable with her on my left side (but not sure why. and when I snuggle with my daughter she always wants to be on my left shoulder. I think the "heartbeat" thing is a very neat observation

Kristen - posted on 02/20/2011

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Right handed, either hip. But I did notice when he sleeps or cuddles he wants the right side, but he likes to nurse more on the right breast first and end on the left and then pass out there....anyone else be right handed and that is their babies fav for nursing? I have faster let down ont hat side....
okay here is funny question too...

Mandy - posted on 02/20/2011

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I know this may sound weird but I checked with my husband and sons but all three of my children I didn't carry on a hip but on my stomach, so in front. I am right handed. My husband, who is also right handed in most aspects, carries the boys on his right hip when he has a choice. If I do need to choose a side, I usually use my right hip first.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/20/2011

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I write with my right hand. My 5 children were always carried on my left hip, no matter how much I tried to get them to sit on my right hip, from trying to give my left arm/side a break. They never sat properly or I just couldn't hold them. Makes me think my body is twisted, either beforehand or just from continual left hip use :) maybe because i'm right handed the muscles in my arm are suited for other things, it just seems to be in the way, that I feel unco. It's always easier to do things like vacuum with the child on the left as i'm right handed I have more control. I carry the washing basket on my left hip also since before I had kids. I know that when my kids were unsettled they settled better leaning on my chest listening to my heart beat, but that may be the way I "trained" them, assuming it would work it was usually the first option since they were born, I also burp on the left shoulder.
Maybe a little bit more information than asked, but sometimes other things aren't considered that might add to reason.

Allison - posted on 02/20/2011

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Hmm, I am right handed, but I go for the right hip. But that is a great theory, make sense.

Tia - posted on 02/20/2011

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Im a ambidexterous mommy and my daughter ALWAYS goes on my right hip. My husband is right handed and when he holds her, she always goes on his left.

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2011

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I am right handed, but I always have my son on my right hip. In fact any time I held a child it was on my right hip, even before I had my own. It was just more comfortable and I am able to use my left and to do things.

Sharan - posted on 02/20/2011

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Hi im right handed and carry on my right hip as my right arm feels stronger than my left, but as tiny babies when feeding i held them in my left arm and fed with my right hand.

Lynn - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm left handed and I carry my son on my left hip, although apart from carrying him and then writing and eating,I do everything else right handed and right is my stronger arm.

Kalpana - posted on 02/20/2011

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right handed but left hip cos' though right hand is used for writing and stuff my left hand reaches out for things automatically.

Samantha - posted on 02/20/2011

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Well, I'm not sure which hip my kids prefer, but I carry them on my right hip because I'm lefthanded. Daddy is righthanded and carries them on his left hip. Seems to make sense. Hope you find out your answers!

Melanie - posted on 02/20/2011

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how interesting my dominant hand is right but i always carry bub on right too. my dad and brother are ambitextrous and i have always worn my watch on wrong hand and played sports and musical instruments with left hand so maybe that why i carry her that side too!! lol

Candace - posted on 02/20/2011

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Right handed, left hip. But I totally agree with the non-dominant side theory...not the closest to heart theory

Karen - posted on 02/20/2011

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Right hand, left hip. Funny thing happened a few months ago when I had to get a dress refitted and the dressmaker knew exactly which hip I carried her on lol

Bridget - posted on 02/20/2011

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left handed, left hip. It's my stronger arm too. Always ended up sleeping on my right shoulder.

Colleen - posted on 02/20/2011

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I am right handed and generally have my daughter on my left hip. I think both of us prefer that hip/side.

Renee - posted on 02/20/2011

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I am primarily right handed when writing, but I mostly use my left hand to do other activities and chores. I have a left hip injury from while I was pregnant with my first child. I have always tried to get my girls to sit on my right him so I could use my left hand for other activities, cleaning, cooking... But they refuse. It seems akward. They rest much more naturally on my left hip, So I stopped trying to put them on my right hip.

Hope this helps!

Etta - posted on 02/20/2011

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Right hand, left hip.
I also think that this is due to the prevalence of right-handedness. My kids never seemed to care, as long as they were being carried.

Claire - posted on 02/20/2011

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our eldest child has slight cerebral palsy and the youngest has severe developmental delay but cannot communicate which hip they prefer (8yrs & 5yrs)

Cynthia - posted on 02/20/2011

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I switched my baby from one side to the other, It did not make any difference to me and she seemed to like it no matter which hip I carried her on.

Barbara - posted on 02/20/2011

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Right handed. Right hip. I usually put my kids down when I need to do stuff with my hands! Neither of them have ever communicated to me if they prefer being held on a certain side... But then again, one is only 7 months old! Who knows if it's true or not. Kinda sounds like a silly book, but that's just me ;)

Claire - posted on 02/20/2011

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i'm right handed and carry on my right hip, but for them to go to sleep i prefer my left side

Julie - posted on 02/20/2011

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Left-handed, left hip. I always have done this from the time I babysat as a teenager. It just feels more natural to me. I did notice that my daughter liked to curl up in my arms with her head over my heart, so I think that she definitely preferred that side, too.

Kristi - posted on 02/20/2011

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I write with my right hand, I nurse with my right breast, and I rest my kids on my right hip.

Eve - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm right handed and hold my daughter on my right and if she's laying on me it's normally on my right side, my OH is the same.

Melinda - posted on 02/20/2011

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right handed and its more comfortable with them on my right hip. it actually hurts on my left hip, which sucks cause i would like to give my right side a break when there are times i have to hold 1 of them for long periods of time.

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When I still had babies, 23 & 25 years ago, LOL, I held them on my left side so that I could do things with my right hand, which happens to be my dominate hand.

Tania - posted on 02/20/2011

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I am left handed but used both hips pretty much equally as I recall (it's been a while).

An interesting little piece of information about hand preference: We can inherit right-handedness but we don't actually inherit left handedness. In fact we inherit no hand preference. That is why a lot of us 'lefties' do a lot of things with our right hand. Right-handedness is the dominant gene so the person with that gene is always right handed. The person with 2 'no preference gene' could become left handed, right handed or ambidextrous. Ever notice how some kids take a while to choose left or right handedness? That's why.

The results of this question should be very interesting.

Liz - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm right handed and carry my little boy on my left side. My daughter is left handed and carries her baby on the left side.

Jane - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm right handed and carry my kids on my left hip, not because they have a preference, but because I can support them with my left arm and still have my dominate hand free.

Sheryl - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm left handed, so typically carry my babies on my right hip. They don't seem to care, so long as they are "up"! LOL

Samantha - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm right handed and all of my children were on my right hip including #8 I'm prego with now. I hold them on both hips but it's usually my right hip that they're on.

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