22/03/2010 04:32 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Psychiatrist Says Nannies Could Turn Baby Boys Into Womanisers

A psychiatrist has claimed that getting a nanny to look after your baby boy could turn him into a womaniser later in life.

Dr Dennis Friedman reckons that having a nanny and a mother could give the boy double standards with women.

So if he goes on to get married, he will always still think that another woman could perhaps look after him better.

Dr Friedman, who is 85, told the Telegraph: "It introduces him to the concept of The Other Woman."

He explains: "It creates a division in his mind between the woman he knows to be his natural mother and the woman with whom he has real hands-on relationship: the woman who bathes him and takes him to the park, and with whom he feels completely at one.

Sounds like yet another convenient excuse for men who cheat on their wives, if you ask me. It's always someone else's fault, isn't it? And usually the mother is to blame for everything.

Dr Friedman continues: "As a result, he grows up with the idea that although he will one day go through all the social and sexual formalities of marriage, he will have at the back of his mind the notion of this other woman, who not only knows, but caters for, all his needs."

Apparently baby girls can also suffer if they are placed with a nanny or an au pair. According to Dr Friedman, they will be filled with a "vacuum of need" inside them which they can fill with drink, drugs, sex or money.

The psychiatrist makes his claims in a new book, An Unsolicited Gift: Why We Do What We Do.

He admits that his comments will not be popular with women who want - or need - to work while having children. Do you think?

However, he says the baby has a right to have a mother who is "100% connected, and ideally children should not be cared for by a nanny or an au pair until after they are a year old.

Perhaps the Government should do something about maternity pay then...

Source: Daily Telegraph