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How can you tell whether your toddler is right-handed or left-handed?

My daughter seems to use her right hand sometimes and her left at others. I don't think she has one hand designated for certain tasks or anything (like I've seen her use both hands interchangeably to eat or pick up toys). I don't think she is ambidextrous either. Not sure whether this comes into play at all, but she is cognitively and linguistically advanced according to evaluations, right on target physically, and her disposition is very happy and content (and she focuses very well).

Is there a simple test I could conduct to determine which hand is dominant or whether she is ambidextrous? She has a double crown, too, and I've heard that's associated with left-handed or even ambidextrous children (but not sure whether that's relevant either).

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Asked by SlightlyPerfect at 9:17 AM on Nov. 16, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Which hand does she use to draw with?

    Answer by ballewal at 9:22 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • Ballewal, mostly right but sometimes left. She seems to have good control when using both hands.

    Comment by SlightlyPerfect (original poster) at 9:26 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • You can tell but it's still a little fuzzy before she starts pre-school. I'm left handed so, unlike other parents, I couldn't help my kids with their drawing or writing in their early years for fear that I may influence the hand they were meant to use and although my great-great grandfather was left handed, my grandfather and grandmother were left handed, my father wasn't but both his brothers were and I am left handed, neither one of my two children are.

    Answer by ShouldHaveLeft at 9:28 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • ShouldHaveLeft, isn't hand dominance genetic? Can it be influenced by environmental and other external factors?

    Comment by SlightlyPerfect (original poster) at 9:31 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • It is usually genetic based, if both parents are right handed there is 50% chance baby will be too.


    Answer by older at 9:44 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • I heard that you really cant tell until they are a little older. I though dd was ambidextrous until just recently when I have noticed her writing more with her right hand

    Answer by leslieOli at 9:46 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • My parents were right handed. I was full on Left handed. My mom handed me a crayon in my right hand and I would always transfer it to my left hand. I showed signs early of being left handed. My son on the other hand was a mystery until he was in school. He used both. Now, at 14, he writes lefty, but, throws balls and other things righty. He eats like a lefty and bats lefty. Yes, he is weird. LOL I say, no need to pick a side. Let her continue as she is and decide on her own which tasks she feels better using her hands for. You may see a dominance soon or she may continue like she is for a long time.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 9:49 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • I would watch for whichever she uses more often.

    Answer by ThaSs at 9:53 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • my 4 yr old is left handed, he too would use both hands, there were times when he would use his right hand more when he started school, the teacher would try to get him to use his right but he always ended going w/his left, i do see him at times use the right hand still

    Answer by gabby06 at 10:08 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • My 4 older kids are right handed and so are hubby and I, my 21 m/o is left hand dominant but can usr both hands. My dad is the only relative I know that is left handed.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 10:16 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

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