Montenegrins absolutely adore babies and kids. For many parents this is half the battle won. Hotels, restaurants and cafes all warmly welcome children, and we’ve even seen the occasional young teenager boogying with their parents at beachside nightclubs.
With the relatively safe environment allowing them off the leash a little, older offspring should have a blast in Montenegro. You may find that they’re kicking a ball around with the local scallywags in no time. The opposite is true for toddlers and small children, as a generally lower standard of safety regulations (missing railings, unfenced pools etc) means you’ll have to keep a closer eye on them.
You’ll struggle to get strollers along the cobbled lanes and stairways in the older towns and you’ll often find yourself having to trundle them along dangerous roads due to parked cars blocking the footpaths. A baby carrier or sling takes up less luggage space and makes exploring easier. Still, bringing a pram is a good idea, if only so you can join the legions of other parents promenading with their sleeping babies on summer nights.
Any hurdles you may strike will be insignificant compared to the wonderfully family-friendly atmosphere, fresh air and gently lapping Mediterranean waters that Montenegro provides. Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children offers further tips for hitting the road with the brood in tow.
Better hotels may have cots available, but it’s best to check in advance. The same goes for car seats at rental-car agencies or taxi companies. Car seats aren’t legally required, but given the dangers on the roads you should consider bringing your own or buying one; Podgorica's malls all have childrens' stores. Highchairs are the exception rather than the rule at restaurants.
You won’t find often children’s menus but the ubiquity of kid-friendly favourites like pasta, pizza and hot chips (fries) makes mealtime easy. Bakeries (pekara) are also a good choice; most kids love burek, despite – or because of – the crumbly mess it makes. Babysitting services are only offered in the most exclusive five-star hotels.
Disposable nappies (especially Pampers and Huggies) are easy to come by. Infant formula is available in the bigger supermarkets, but it’s a good idea to bring a few days’ supply with you. The main brands are Bebelac and Nestle and you can sometimes find Aptamil as well.
You’ll rarely see anyone breastfeeding in public, but given that this is strongly encouraged here you’re unlikely to strike negative reactions. You're best to bring sufficient breast pads with you, as they're hard to find in Montenegro.
Medical care is generally very good, but language difficulties can present a problem. Every town has a medical centre (Dom zdravlja). They generally have a separate section for children with two waiting rooms: one for kids with potentially contagious infections (sniffles etc) and one dealing with broken bones and the like.