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    Default Left handed? Advice please

    My apologies if this sounds incredibly naive but I'm surrounded by right handers....

    My dd is 10 months and already showing a strong preference for her left hand....
    Is it too young to tell?
    Is there any disadvantages/problems with being left handed?
    Is there anything I can do to encourage use of her right hand?
    (There is no weakness or problems she just always prefers grabbing and using things with her left hand)
    Is it something I can change or is she born with it?

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    Why do you need to change it if she is a leftie? DS is 27months and still swaps hands all the time so I can't tell yet if he'll be left or right handed but it doesn't matter either way.

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    You're born with a dominant hand (unless you're ambidextrous) and no you can't change it, why would you want to?

    I'm left handed and it's been about as much of a problem as being able to curl my tongue is - ie. none at all.

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    I do most things with my right hand except eat (with cutlery).

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    I wouldn't want to change it (if I could at all!! Clearly not) if there is no problems being a leftie

    ... I just remember in primary school there was a nasty old librarian who used to hit children on their knuckles with a wooden ruler if she saw them using their left hand to write
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    Oh, and my sisters a leftie but eats with her right.
    Yep, we are awesome lol

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    Is it too young to tell? In most cases yes at 10months they are too young to tell.

    Is there any disadvantages/problems with being left handed? Not that I know of, I know in the olden days they thought it was an issue but it isn't.

    Is there anything I can do to encourage use of her right hand? Of course you can try passing thing to her right hand etc but it might not make her right handed

    Is it something I can change or is she born with it? They are born with a dominant hand but it doesn't always mean just because she is using her left hand now that she will definintely be left handed they say you can usually tell by around 2. My daughter is 5 in feb and she is ambidextrous, at about the same age as your little one I thought she was going to be a leftie then she used her right for a while and now she uses each hand equally.

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    DD1 went through periods of preferring one hand over the other. After a long left-handed period we thought she'd stay that way but by age 4 she eventually decided to be right-handed.

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    My sister is a leftie and the only thing she finds is that because she kind of writes with her hand over the top of the word rather than at the bottom she smudges the ink sometimes. I find LHed people to be more artistic than RHed

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    I am a leftie and don't have any major issues with anything... Not sure why you would want to encourage your DD to use her right hand. Being left handed isn't a disability!

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