Without trying very hard, we somehow have a baby that enjoys sleep and will go to sleep on her own. Andy was never like this. We basically held Andy to sleep for napping and nighttime otherwise he would fight sleep, get overtired, and make us nutty. We have been through many struggles related to sleep with Andy. We gradually were able to get him to fall asleep on his own. He did not sleep through the night until he was almost two. We had a long transition from our bed to his own.
Joey, however, is fond of her sleep. She will even put herself to sleep in a matter of minutes where ever she might be when she becomes tired.
We are constantly amazed at this trick. And grateful for it. Joey is also sleeping longer than Andy did at this age. Andy slept with us in bed for a long time and perhaps partially because he was right there in bed next to me, he would want to eat frequently at night. Joey, after putting herself to sleep on her crib mattress on the floor, will stay asleep for a good 5-6 hours. She typically eats just once at night and then just before I get out of bed.
The differences between our two littles is fascinating. Each in their own ways, they are awesome.