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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What to Prepare for a Bris

Every mohel has a similar list of items you'll need for the bris and for caring for the baby after the bris.

Here is my list:
  • 2 pillows (to hold the baby before, during and after the bris)
  • 1 small wastebasket (for packagings, bandages, and the occasional dirty diaper)
  • 5 disposable diapers with wipes (in case baby soils more than his share...)
  • 5 hospital-style receiving blankets (not expensive blankets) (see previous)
  • 1 large tube of A&D Ointment (with the gold label) (NOT the "cream") (to lubricate the bandage)
  • 1 box of 25 individually wrapped 3"x3" gauze pads (to put on top of the dressing)
  • 2 tubes of polysporin (ointment) (or polybacitracin) (For after the dressing is removed)
  • 1 bottle of sweet kosher red wine (for the blessings which accompany the bris)
  • 1 kiddush cup (to hold the wine :) )
Italicized items can be purchased at any pharmacy, and the ointments can be generic

The setup of the room can be found at this link (or

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