I ASK THAT YOU PROVIDE:
1 Kiddush cup (Any cup will do, however, a nice silver cup can be used during his Bar Mitzvah, wedding and throughout his life)
Sufficient kippot (head coverings) for your guests. Rabbi Glantz makes and brings matching kippot for Dad and Baby with Hebrew and English names painted on the light blue suede. There are Moms who wear kippot as well - let Howard know and he is glad to accommodate.
1 bottle of sweet, kosher grape wine or grape juice (The remainder may be saved and marked "to be used for a toast" at your son's future Bar Mitzvah, Wedding, etc.) be sure to purchase only red (may appear purple) grape wine or grape juice. Blackberry is usually not acceptable. Fine wines may be terrific for your guests, but babies have not developed such tastes yet so the sweeter, the better.
2 receiving blankets for after the Bris - the type from the hospital is fine. These are intended for mother (usually) to hold, so that when baby is returned, he is warm and can be swaddled.
A table with at least two chairs - A standard folding card table is large enough, but choose a well-lit area for it. You may want to have it covered (both cloth and disposable are fine).
3 diapers and wipes just in case!
1 standard-size bed pillow
1 small wastepaper basket (with liner)
Rabbi Glantz brings sufficient gauze and ointment for the first several days of aftercare. He will instruct you on caring for your son with the products he brings. Depending on the frequency of his changes, you may want to prepare ahead with Triple Antibiotic ointment (Polysporin or comparable) and some 3x3 inch gauze pads to supplement if needed.
The Rabbi will plan to be at your home one-half hour before the set time of the ceremony. This time allows for set-up and confirming all the elements of the service ensuring everything runs exactly as you would like. It is best when all these items are already in place at this time in the room where you intend to hold the ceremony.
In addition, families are urged to time feedings on the day of the bris so that 1 hour before the bris ceremony is to begin, baby has stopped nursing or having bottles. Being a little hungry will both increase his interest in the sweet wine or grape juice, and increase his motivation to nurse or take a bottle immediately after the procedure and the ceremony continues with the naming prayers.