(HealthDay News) -- A bit of preparation can make bath time less stressful for parents and safer for baby.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:

  • Fill the tub before you put baby into it.
  • Place the soap and shampoo next to the tub.
  • Grab one or two washcloths to have nearby.
  • Have a towel (warm, dry and cozy is best) ready to use immediately after the bath.
  • Set up the bottle of baby's lotion and a clean diaper.
  • Have a clean change of clothes out and ready.