Yea, I am pretty new as well, and the little finger really feels awkward for fretting. Decades ago, when I was a teenager in middle/high school, I was a magician, and did parties etc for about 4 years. The amount of time an effort it takes to train oneself in card manipulation (cuts/shuffles/fans/flourishes, etc) as well as other slight-of-hand skills seems like a similar discipline to training your fingers on the frets.
I can tell you, doing a one handed-cut https://tinyurl.com/y6dqo7dc looks super simple when you see it done… but that move took me about 40 hours of actual practice to master. I am right handed, and taught my left hand to do this particular cut, just because my right hand did most everything else and wanted to give my off hand some capabilities. Perhaps learning it would of been faster via my primary hand. But just like fretting, it’s my off-hand trying to learn, so I know it’s gonna take some effort and practice.
So even though I am no where near a master at the bass yet, and it feels awkward, and my fingers are sore every day… I know it’s possible to accomplish it, it just takes time, and practice and eventually the muscle memory will get there…
Keep with it, we will both get there eventually!