Manhattan Group has recalled about 12,500 Quixel rattles sold from September 2011 through October 2013 because the colored arches (which hold sliding beads) can break, creating a choking hazard. For details and refund information, visit cpsc.gov.

What Not To Buy.

Two nonprofit groups have released their lists of the worst toys of 2013. In case you want to check your own list twice, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's list is here and World Against Toys Causing Harm's list is here.