When can you tell which hand will be your childs dominate hand?


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I would say around kindergarten. My daughter was only left handed until she started school then changed hands who knows why but she is a righty now...

Liana - posted on 02/10/2009




both my boys used both hands till 2 1/2 3 and by 3 they favoured a hand my oldest is right handed and my youngest is left handed I have to stop people trying to force my 3 year old to use his right hand.  They find which ones comfortable for them when they are ready.

Kelly - posted on 02/10/2009




I think it depends on the day!! I noticed today that my daughter, who will be 6 in June, was colouring with her left hand. She will do schoolwork with her right and to honest, I don't know which hand she eats with. It seemed to be a big deal with my son, more because my Dad was raised in the era of ruling smacking knuckles if you wrote with your right! It all sorts itself out in the end. I think kids adapt no matter which hand they use.

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2009




My son since he could grab something has always used his left hand first!!! If he picks his fork or spoon up with his right hand he will switch it to the left to use it. If he is putting money in his piggy bank and picks the change  up with his right hand he will switch it to his left to put it in the bank. He is 2 now and I am sure it will be a few more year until we know for sure but I am betting on him being a lefty!! :)

Kelly - posted on 02/10/2009




Most kids use both hands until the age 4 or 5. Usually when they start to write, they will prefer a hand. What I did what with my oldest if see which one he looked more comfortable with and I encouraged him to use that hand.

Ashley - posted on 02/10/2009




We notice that my son uses different hands for different tasks... spoon feeding is left is stronger and colouring it's his right he favors. I guess were gonna wait and see. My DH have money riding on the outcome since my DH is a lefty and i'm right handed.

Angie - posted on 02/10/2009




Well with my kids it seemed they used both hands until they were around 3 or 4 now that they are learning to write words they only use one hand i guess its just a waiting game until it happens you will notice that they use one hand more often then the other as they get older. both of mine are rightys and now dont even use the other hand to write or draw. hope that was helpful

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