I got them at different stages. Two of the females I got were young from the female section @ petco, one of them was a 'baby' but was around an inch, & the male that I thought was a female, was 3 months old, along with two sisters from a breeder.
Some of the babies from the petco baby bettas are true fry- so small they can't survive without live food. Go with the older babies, the ones without clamped fins or abnormalities. Introduce them all at the same time if you can. I wouldn't get too many- 5 or 6 would probably be a good number. Just make sure you watch them for aggression. If you remove more than 2 of them, you'll have to get more, just to even out the aggression. (that's what I had to do, when I got the siblings) Any less than 4 fish can cause problems. But if they're too crowded, they'll fight too.
I agree with the above ^ it's not a good idea to mix genders if you don't know much about bettas. So if you decide to go with the baby bettas, remove males as soon as you can identify them via aggression.