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At what age will you know if your child is a lefty or righty?

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Asked by trijobaby at 9:39 AM on Oct. 14, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My daughter's two and you can clearly tell she's right handed. She uses it for everything. Eating, drawing, coloring, picking up things.

    Answer by poptart0325 at 9:44 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • i think this starts early on as soon as they start picking up crayons and finger feeding themselves. my 4 year old writes with her right hand, and so far my younger two do everything with their right hands as well.

    Answer by tnm786 at 9:45 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • My 3 year old writes, eats and does everything with his left hand. It has always been his dominent hand.

    Answer by cassey.e at 9:51 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I think my 2 year old shows preferences for his right hand, but he uses his left sometimes too. I just read the following....

    Your baby's preference for her right or left hand may start to appear as early as 6 to 9 months of age. Even so, you won't be able to determine true right- or left-handedness until your child is 2 or 3 years old, when she'll begin to favor the same hand consistently. And some children may be ambidextrous (using both hands equally) until they're 5 or 6, when they finally make a choice.

    Hand dominance is greatly influenced by genetics. If both you and your partner are left-handed, your child has a 45 to 50 percent chance of being left-handed as well. (About 10 percent of people are left-handed.)

    Answer by pam19 at 9:56 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • at four months actually because at that stage they'r so touchy your hair ,face, everything lying around them they want, it's when you'll notice which hand they use mostly.

    Answer by Jacky434 at 9:57 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • My son was freakin' 5 before we knew for sure which hand he wrote with. And we assumed he would use that hand to throw the ball in baseball, but, the coaches decided he was better with the other hand, so, he is still wishy washy at 14.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 9:59 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • 3 yrs old is when you can tell. They will preferred to use one over the other. It is what I learned in my Child Development classes

    Answer by Raeann11 at 10:12 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • My pedi said 3. I asked the same question because my son colors with his right hand, and eats and throws with his

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 11:20 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Every kid is different. My son is two, and he seems to favor his right hand.

    Answer by musicpisces at 12:01 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • idk my son will be 3 next month. He favors his left, but he still uses his right often. I think he will be ambidextrous.

    Answer by MommySwiggles at 1:01 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

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