You can wash on cold water too, we always wash with cold and plan to continue that with the nappies. I guess if they get gross we can spoil them every now and then with a hot wash. I'll keep you updated, hopefully I don't flake out after a couple of months.
I'm taking the 18 weeks too then going back to work. I should have had 20 weeks half pay from work but because I had to finish so early I've almost used it all up. So it definitely didn't go to plan as I ideally would have had almost 9 months off but oh well. It couldn't be helped. My obstetrician thinks my body just doesn't cope well with pregnancy hormones haha.
Have you filled out the forms and stuff yet? I hope there won't be a huge hold up with payments.
Does anyone know much about the family tax benefit and how that gets paid? I see mums talking about it but have no idea what it really is or how much it is.