If you read some baby books, you would have your baby in a strict routine from day one, with set times to feed and sleep. But the majority of newborns haven't read the same book as mum!
And many new mums may end up feeling like a real failure when they 'fail' to achieve baby routine perfection, which sounded so easy before your crying, hungry little baby arrived. If you had planned to have a 'contented little baby' or be 'baby-wise' it can be a rude shock when your baby won't follow the rules.
However, we do strongly recommend that you use a relaxed routine from soon after your baby arrives, as this will give simple structure to your days. It will give you the confidence that you know your baby wants, ensure you meet her needs and will help you settle your baby before she gets over-tired.