The best advice... Wash wash and wash. 2-3 days a weeks. Washing helps knots form. Sleeping helps tighten them.
There's no real need to brush your finger through your hair. It can slow down the process a bit. Let the rats nest form. I have a video tutorial of how to separate the sections when they begin to grow together: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/video/separating-tutorial?xg_source=activity
You can give that a look. but you probably don't need to separate much yet.
If you want to help keep your sections separate, you can put beads on them. Decorating your locks is fun anyway, and beads serve a few purposes. They look cool, separate your hair, and act like little imitation knots that help encourage more knotting.
I'm glad you found your way here. Any questions you've got, feel free to ask