I may amuse you that I taught myself to Travis Pick (a finger style) three time over the years
My first attempt was from a book, I ignored the suggested fingerings and went in with a classic guitar style, where I used every single finger available to me and my thumb. I stupidly thought Travis Picking was a hillbilly shortcut. I learnt to play like this too and sounded okay.
It was only later that it dawned on me that I had taught myself to do it wrong. As I tried to advance my own (sophisticated - advanced) style got in the way. The overall sound was wrong too. I couldn’t get the groove or drive of any of the tunes I was listening to. They sounded similar but were fundamentally wrong.
I had to start over all again - It took a little while and it drove me bananas - wishing I’d followed the clear advice in the book on my first go round.
About 3 years later I had to re-learn all over again. I got interested in a technique called hybrid picking on electric guitar. It offered a lot of advantages so I resolved to learn again. It wasn’t as big a switch over from the weird classical style I’d mistakenly taught myself. But I managed to make the transition over a few months.
So I learnt that sometimes its best to accept someone else’s advice. They probably can’t explain all the reason you should - because you simply won’t appreciate them fully until you reach the obstacles you encounter for yourself as you learn.
Good luck with the baby F - You won’t regret it
It is actually a very sophisticated technique - completely movable just like the bar chord and you’ll get to enjoy it.
So all the best with the baby F - That baby’s grown into a noisy teenager with me!