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From baby kippah to Tylenol, Bris Kit has everything but the implement

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Parents who have welcomed a new baby into their home know just how wonderfully exciting — and exhausting — those first days are. Planning a brit milah is just one more thing to think about.

Enter the Bris Kit, brainchild of Los Angeles resident Tristen Sullivan, who has two boys.

After she gave birth to her first son, Sullivan realized how hard it was to get things organized for the brit milah.

"With all the things a parent is going through after giving birth, the last thing he or she wants to do is worry about going out to buy Neosporin or Baby Tylenol," says Sullivan. "So I created a kit with all the essentials that baby — and parents — will need for a bris ceremony and circumcision aftercare."

There are three versions of the Bris Kit: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The Platinum version includes: Baby Tylenol, Neosporin Plus Pain Relief, Vaseline, 20 sterile gauze pads, a suede baby kippah with strings, a Kiddush cup, a mezuzah, a burp cloth embroidered with the Hebrew blessing "May God make him like Ephraim & Menashah" and a gown with a blessing silkscreened in Hebrew and English that reads: "As he has entered into the covenant of Abraham, so may he enter into the study of Torah, the blessing of Marriage, and the practice of Goodness."

The Platinum version retails for $130. The Gold kit, which includes everything but the Kiddush cup and mezuzah, retails for $90, and the Silver kit comes with the medical supplies and gown and retails for $50.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the summer camps sponsored by Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Reform congregation in Malibu. Bris Kits can be purchased by calling (213) 891-9580.


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