You will need to choose a Hebrew name for the baby. If you need assistance with this, please contact me. For the ceremony, I will need to know the baby’s full English and Hebrew names, the parents’ English and Hebrew names, any family history of medical problems, and any complicating factors (interfaith marriage, out-of-town family, etc.). Please provide this information as soon as possible so I can plan accordingly.
Feed and change the baby approximately 45 minutes before the actual start of the ceremony. He may be dressed in a special outfit if you desire, but no pants please. A gown that can be pulled up is ideal.
If the ceremony is not at your home, please arrive early – at least an hour before the start of the ceremony. This will give you time to settle and feed the baby before I prep him.
Items needed for the ceremony:
3 chairs - one is the Chair of Elijah, one for the Sandak, and one for the mother if needed
A table large enough to hold the baby, Kiddush cup, challah, and other items
Kosher sweet red wine or grape juice
An uncut challah
Tallit or wimpel for the chair of Elijah
Kippot for the guests
A table cloth
Candles and candle holders (if using them)
Readings or blessings (if using them)
Diapers and wipes
Large jar or tube of Vaseline or petroleum jelly (not Aquaphor)