On the eighth day of a Jewish baby boy’s life, there is a special ceremony called a bris (brit milah in Hebrew) where the newborn boy is circumcised by a mohel – a person trained in performing ritual Jewish circumcisions. Following the ceremony, a feast or luncheon is held in celebration of this important day.
A week isn’t a long time to prepare for a bris, especially since you’ll be busy giving birth for the time leading up to it. Having a bris outfit for your baby in advance will help knock one thing off that to-do list. So, what should a baby boy wear to his bris?
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There are three bris outfits for you to consider: a one piece with snaps, a sleeper gown, or a christening-style gown without the Christian details. If you’re still unsure, reach out to your mohel and ask which type of outfit he or she deems best suited for the ceremony.
While it may be tempting to dress your baby up in something chic, it’s important to consider the practicalities of the day. You don’t want your boy to be cold so it is best if he can remain partially clothed during the circumcision. There’s also a pretty good chance the outfit will get stained in some way shape or form, so choose something affordable.
Etsy and Amazon have some great outfits for sale that would be perfect for a bris. And there are even some companies who specialize in bris gowns for your baby. Here are some of our favorites:
Onesies with Snaps
If you want your baby boy to be comfy and casual on the day of his bris, then these onesies are just perfect. How adorable is the play on words, “Chai, I’m New Here?” And, “I Survived the Bris” is so funny. These onesies are 100% ring-spun cotton and have three snaps at the bottom. There are also a variety of colors to choose from for these onesies, so you can really customize exactly to your liking.
These onesies are short sleeved, so if it’s wintertime you might prefer to dress your son in a long-sleeved onesie. This “New to the Jew Crew” onesie from Junebugkidz and many of her other styles come in both short sleeve and long sleeve options.
Mini Mensch Baby Bodysuit from Barbara Shaw Gifts on Amazon
Who doesn’t hope that their newborn becomes a mini mensch? This adorable long-sleeved onesie is made of 100% cotton, it’s machine washable, and has a three-snap enclosure on the bottom. The image makes it seem as though the onesie in white, but if you scroll down on the listing, you’ll actually see that it’s a true baby blue color.
A sleeper gown, which has an open bottom, will not only keep your newborn warm, but will also make it easier for the mohel to do his or her job.
Bubbalah Long Sleeved Sleeper Gown from Oy Vey Baby on Amazon
The gown is 35% cotton and 65% polyester blend.
The Etsy store, RAYA Baby, has a variety of button down gowns that are specifically made for a baby boy to wear at a bris. Many of the styles come with a matching baby kippah. The seller also makes a two piece set that is apparently “mohel approved.”
If you have plans for the bris to be more formal, there are companies that specialize in bris outfits. These gowns more closely resemble a gown worn at a christening. If you choose to go this route, just make sure that any of the gowns you buy do not have any Christian details like an embroidered cross on the garment. Baby Beau and Belle has a dedicated section to bris outfits on their website. Baby Bling Street and Little Blooms Layette do as well.
Mazel Tov on your newborn! Which brit milah outfit was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! And, if you are looking for more Jewish lifecycle content, make sure to check out these other BMA blog posts.