I have always found that feeding the baby a filling meal, rather than just a bottle, will help him/her to sleep through the night. A bowl of baby cereal mixed some fruit is quite filling. After the meal, giving him/her a warm bath relaxes the baby, so sleep can be found rapidly.
Try to keep the same bedtime every night, it is tempting when they are so darned cute at that age to keep them up later than a designated bed time. Baby's like constancy, once a routine is established, try to maintain it. Everyone will sleep more soundly!
Once you have formed a nice routine, and the 'terrible' (or terrific as some like to call them) two's come in to play, you will be able to get them to bed without a whole lot of trouble, and then you can either enjoy the peace and quiet or get a little R&R.