Just about this time last kid, I posted about an ancient [i.e., circa 1996] family remedy for quieting a fussy kid: a CD with a few white noise tracks on it of everyday household items: a vacuum cleaner, running water, a dishwasher, etc.
Then today, I saw this sweet-looking Buddhist jukebox containing recordings of Tibetan monks chanting. Which reminded me of FM3's Buddha Machine I bought way back, promptly lost, and then just found again when we moved. The Buddha Machine is a little transistor radio-looking thing that contains a collection of droning electronic compositions by the ambient musicians FM3.
There's no chance that the Buddha Machine will ever soothe a kid of ours; it drove my wife crazy. Too obtrusive, plus the one I got was an early model, and it's a little staticky.
But it made me wonder what other sounds or sources might be out there to calm a crying baby. Any good standbys?