How early can you tell if a child will be left or right-handed? My daugher is only 10 weeks old but I'm already noticing she's reaching for everything with her left hand.


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According to my sister in law, who works in early childhood development, babies are ambidextrous until at least 18months, when they'll start to develop a preference for one hand, and then their brain will ingrain this preference for life. I was totally left handed as a small child, only ever holding things with my left hand, yet when I picked up a crayon for the first time, mum noticed it was with my right hand- and I am now right handed.

User - posted on 04/22/2009




They say it can be determined by how you hand things to your child ie, if you are right handed and stand in front of you baby and hand him/her something they will most likely take it with their left hand (directly across - mirror image) Opposite for lefties.

Don't know if it is true or not, just thought I'd share.

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2009




My son was the same way and to this day (he's 2 yrs 3 mo.) he still shows favortism with his left hand. If I put his fork in his right hand he will switch it to his left hand to use it. And almost always picks stuff up with his left hand. I am definitely thinking he is going to be a lefty.....but we will just have to see!! :)

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Alison - posted on 06/20/2014




Never try to encourage a child to choose one hand over the other! Allow them to choose and select THEIR preference! By forcing a child it can lead to problems. One paper suggests it can lead to behavioural problems.

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2009




Young children don't show a hand preference that is definately noticable until they are about two or three. My youngest children are 2 1/2 year old twins, and they use their right hand a lot, but still use their left hand to play and pick up things. My hubby is left handed, and I am right handed. My oldest daughter is 10 and she is right handed, and it was very noticable when she was 3. My ex-husband is right handed. So I don't know if it has anything to do with genetics??

Veronica - posted on 04/19/2009




My son started working this his left hand and them moved to his right hand and then back to his left hand before the age of 7 months so I'm still not sure which had he'll be more comfortable using.

Shelby - posted on 04/19/2009




I have 2 left handed children, and no one on either side is a lefty it all depends on what u want her to be, it didnt matter to me. but if she reaching with left just start working with her and she will be left handed. but if u want her to be right handed give her everything in her right hand its all up to u mom... :0) good luck

Ez - posted on 04/19/2009




I agree! Lefties are all a good! Was just curious since her father and I are both right-handed...

Kate CP - posted on 04/19/2009




They usually don't really "choose" until between 3-5 years of age. She may show a preference before then, but she probably won't end up being right or left handed until she's older. Plus, there's nothing wrong with being left-handed! :)

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