Your Baby's Health
Assuming that your baby had a preliminary checkup in the hospital, there is no need for another visit to the doctor prior to the bris. Often, the mohel will check your baby the day before the bris to ensure the baby does not have infant jaundice and to address any concerns you may have about the Bris or ceremony. If the baby looks “yellow”, the mohel may recommend a quick visit to the pediatrician to clarify whether the bilirubin level is too high for a bris. In such a case, the bris would take place after the bilirubin returns to a normal level.
If the baby is ill for any reason the bris will be delayed until the infant has regained complete health. In some circumstances, Jewish law requires that a period of seven days should elapse after the baby has healed before scheduling the circumcision. A mohel should be consulted to determine if this additional waiting period is necessary.
The Morning of the Bris
Feel free to feed your son as usual though ensure that the baby is thoroughly “burped” prior to the bris. Be prepared to feed the baby again after the bris, as this will provide him with comfort. If possible, try to dress the baby in an outfit that opens easily from the bottom. This will make it easier on the mohel, the baby, and the sandak.
WHAT TO BRING
Box of 3" x 3" gauze pads
2 tubes of Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
Large swaddling cloth
Pacifier or bottle if used
One unopened bottle of kosher wine