All fish have a stunting hormone. It's the "survival of the fittest" ruling, where they will do anything to get ahead. I have four random platy fry in with my 3 month old bettas. -.-; I barely notice them anymore and they've become "one of the pack". However, they are bigger (older age) and I would never place younger bettas with anything.
Say your baby fishies are 1 week old. The first two weeks are crucial, so making sure they are fed properly is a must. When I work longer days, I use BBS. Baby brine shrimp last a good amount of time in the tank, and usually lasts part of the day when I put in a whack load. Then when I come home I do the same thing.