Here are the items you'll need for before, during, and after the bris ceremony - with a brief description of when or why each is needed.

• 2 firm pillows (to hold the baby before, during and immediately after the ceremony)
• 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 :) )
• If you are not nursing, bring a bottle for the baby. Otherwise bring mommy!
• Some people like to bring a camera, but that is a personal choice and not needed.

Italicized items can be purchased at any pharmacy, and the ointments can be generic


If you prefer not to deal with most of this, you can go to, click on my name and order the "Bris Bag" (call if you have questions - 1 877 BRIS BAG (274-7224)). They'll send you everything but the pillows, wastebasket, wine and kiddush cup in an attractive fabric diaper bag. *I have no financial ties with this service. The information is provided for those who wish to utilize the service, to help support their business.*

The Bris-Bag includes the following items:

A diaper/supplies bag
25 - 3X3 sterile gauze pads
2 tubes of Bacitracin ointment
A tube of A and D Ointment
5 cloth diapers
5 disposable diapers