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My 18 month old uses both hands for stuff...like she will use her fork to eat and will switch from right to left....when she colors she uses both....

Is that something that all kids do?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:05 PM on Apr. 3, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • That is very NORMAL. It is normal enough that some kids don't chose for sure until they are like 5. My son used both until he was in 1st grade. He is now 14 and can still do some things using either hand.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 8:08 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • No my son did the samething when he was a toddler now he is 7 yrs old he throws the football with his left hand but he writes with his left. Our kids are ambedextrious which means that they are right & left hand dominant.
    LinLin616

    Answer by LinLin616 at 8:08 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • Some kids do. Don't try to encourage one hand over the other. Put things in the middle so she can choose. My husband is a lefty and very ambidexterous because we live in a right-handed world. My oldest son did everything lefthanded until he was 6..and then one day he just switched. He now can do all takes either hand. Myself and my youngest are right hands only.
    GrnEyedGrandma

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 8:08 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • i think that when they were that age my kids just used whichever hand was more convienient lol......i think when they were around 2-3yo they started preferring one hand over another. idk if that is normal or not, but that's what my kids did anyway lol
    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:08 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • Normal and leave your child alone to figure IF they will be dominate in one had or not.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:10 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • Hadn't planned on making her pick...just wasn't sure if all kids did that or not. I think it's cool.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 8:10 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • yes, very normal
    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 8:13 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • Very normal at this age. According to my doc you cant really know which is giong to be their dominate hand until about 3-4 years old. Simply put things in the center when doing dinner etc. and let them choose as they will. Both mine ended up preferring their right, but their daddy is a lefty!
    aeneva

    Answer by aeneva at 8:16 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • @ twinsplus2 more-I didn't mean to vote you down! My son knocked my hand! :(
    I agree, very normal, he may or may not choose a hand later. DH writes with his left but cuts with his right.
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 8:36 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

  • That's perfectly normal. Don't make her pick. There are many ambidexterous (sp?) people in the world with both hands being the dominant hand. (so to speak) There's nothing wrong with it. She'll either find her comfortable hand or she'll forever use both. Either is find.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 8:42 PM on Apr. 3, 2011

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